The identity card of Ashish Kumar Goswami, who consumed poison on Thursday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
A railway employee consumed poison on a platform at Bokaro station while a head clerk posted at Chas SDO’s office, apparently upset after being rebuked by his boss, hanged himself in two suicide cases that rocked the steel town in the past 24 hours.
Fifty-two-year-old Ashish Kumar Goswami, who hailed from Jhalda in Bengal, used to work in the electrical traffic traction wing of South Eastern Railway, Bokaro zone, and lived alone at the railway quarters in Balidih.
According to government railway police (GRP), Bokaro, Goswami had been loitering with a bottle of blue liquid in his hand on platform No. 1 since 6am on Thursday. Around 6.45am, he sat down on a chair opposite the first-class waiting room and started drinking from the bottle. Within a few seconds, he fell down with froth coming out from his mouth.
A few passengers raised an alarm. A doctor was immediately called in but he pronounced Goswami dead.
“The blue liquid that he consumed appears to be some kind of insecticide. He had finished almost half the bottle,” said Bokaro GRP in-charge Sharafat Ali Khan.
The other victim, Abhay Kumar Pankaj, a 52-year-old head clerk posted at the land reforms department of Chas SDO’s office, hanged himself with a rope at his Sector III-D residence some time before 10pm on Wednesday.
Around 7pm, Pankaj asked his family members not to disturb him as he wanted to sleep for two hours. He, however, promised to take dinner on time.
“We went to call him around 10pm. As he did not open the door despite several knocks, we broke into the room to find him hanging from the ceiling,” said Pankaj’s elder son B.K. Pankaj (17).
The boy held Chas SDO S.N. Ram responsible for his father’s death.
“After coming home from work on Monday, my father told us that the SDO had scolded him in front of several people after he objected to the late arrival of a casual computer operator. He felt so humiliated that he started crying in office.”
The SDO rubbished the allegations. “I didn’t scold or humiliate him,” he said.