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Result spurs death jump

A 17-year-old intermediate candidate, who could not clear the examination apparently by only four marks, took a fatal leap from the third floor of a crowded shopping complex in the heart of Jamshedpur on Sunday.

Shilpi Kumari, a student of Jamshedpur Women’s College and a native of Chaibasa, jumped from a height of 35ft at Yashkamal Complex on Bistupur Main Road around 11am. She died during treatment at Tata Main Hospital three hours later. Police have found a suicide note that pegs “poor performance” in intermediate, the results of which were declared on Saturday, as the reason behind her death wish.

Rajiv Singh, who was present at Yashkamal Complex, said most of them heard a loud thud and peered over the railings to find a girl lying in a pool of blood. “It must have been an hour before noon when he were startled by the thud. Commotion followed. I saw her lying still, blood oozing from her face. She was wearing blue jeans and a white tee,” he recalled.

Shilpi was rushed to hospital with head injuries in an auto and admitted to the high dependency unit. At 2.15pm, doctors declared her dead.

Bistupur OC Jitendra Kumar said the suicide note was found in a small purse in her jeans pocket during treatment. “The scrap of paper said she was leaving the world because she had not done well in her exam. It also sought forgiveness of her parents.”

He added that Shilpi was a resident of Roladih village in Chaibasa and was staying at her maternal uncle’s home in Kadma for her studies.

Cousin Saroj Mahto said Shilpi had left their home around 9am. “She wanted to shop in Bistupur. Around 11.30am, police informed us she was admitted to TMH.”

He said they knew that the teen had not cleared her examination. “But, she had failed only by four marks in chemistry. It was surprising too because she had never failed before.”

This is the second student suicide at Yashkamal Complex. On November 3, 2011, college girl Shivani Mondal (25) had jumped from the fourth floor of the market hub over a failed love affair.