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College girl dies on Metro tracks

Metro services were disrupted for nearly an hour on Friday after a college student committed suicide by jumping in front of a Dum Dum-bound train at Sovabazar-Sutatuti station around 11.10am.

The woman has been identified as Sumita Shaw, 25. A truncated service was run between New Garia (Kavi Subhas) and Maidan stations till 11.46am.

Normal operations could not be restored before noon.

Police said Sumita, a resident of Old Mayor’s Court Street in Bagbazar, was a second-year student of computer science and technology at Calcutta Technical School, a polytechnic college on SN Banerjee Road.

“She left home at 10.10am, half an hour earlier than usual. She took her handbag but left her cell phone,” brother Biswanath Shaw told Metro.

He said the family did not notice any symptom of depression in her.

“She was nervous about her second-year exam results, due in a few days. But it looks improbable that anxiety over grades would drive her to suicide,” father Kanailal Shaw said.

The Metro authorities said she put her handbag on the platform before jumping on to the tracks. The driver had slammed the emergency brakes but could not save her. “She was declared dead on arrival at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital,” an official said.

The disruption forced hundreds of Metro commuters out of stations, triggering chaos on the roads as they tried to hail taxis or hop on to buses already packed with passengers. The scene was worse along JL Nehru Road and Central Avenue.

“I had come to Lenin Sarani but had to wait 30 minutes for a taxi to get back home,” said Sandipan Saha, a businessman from Belgachhia.