People go to hospitals to get a shot at life. A 59-year-old man went to Tata Main Hospital (TMH), Jamshedpur, to die.
Plagued by ill health and described by his Tata Steel colleagues as reserved but fond of singing old songs, 59-year-old T. Ramana Rao hanged himself from a construction scaffolding on one of the hospital’s terraces around 10.30am.
Construction labourers found his body hanging above the single-storey (G+1) outpatients’ department of TMH in Bistupur.
Rao had borrowed a rope used by construction workers to make a noose.
The workers alerted hospital guards who then reported the suicide to TMH authorities.
Ascertaining Rao’s identity was easy as he had his papers with him. Rao, a resident of No. 58, L/2 (company quarters), on Kulsi Road in Sakchi, had three months to retire from Tata Steel, where he worked in the power system division.
He is survived by his wife T. Jayalakshmi and three daughters, two of them married.
Police have taken custody of the body.
“We searched his medical book (all Tata Steel employees have one, with a history of medical treatment which they carry on their visit to TMH) and found he had a history of chronic ailments, including prostrate and psychiatric ones. In fact, the medical book stated he was due for an OPD appointment with a psychiatrist this morning. Family members are in shock now and unable to tell us much, but depression seems to be the reason behind the suicide,” Bistupur police station officer-in-charge Awadh Kumar Yadav.
Police did not get any suicide note. “We have searched his wallet and pockets, but did not find anything suspicious,” he said.
Though family members refused to speak much, neighbours and Tata Steel employee P.K. Hazra threw light on Rao’s nature.
“He was the quiet type but fond of singing. The family did not mix with us, only reciprocating to our namaskars. From his colleagues, we came to know he had not gone to work for the last two days. He was supposed to retire in three months,” said P. K. Hazra.
With Rao’s death, the number of suicides in 2014 has reached 21.
According to Jeevan, a Jamshedpur-based suicide prevention centre, 216 people committed suicide in the steel city in 2013.