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Man takes fatal leap off market building

Sonu Ranjan Gupta, 40, one of the owners of Kamla Market on Bhattacharya Road, allegedly committed suicide by jumping off his three-storeyed building on Sunday.

Police did not find any suicide note. Sonu’s younger brother Chitranjan Gupta reached the spot after hearing a thud on the ground. “I was reading the newspaper on the ground floor when I heard a sound,” he told the police.

He said when he reached there he was shocked to see his elder brother bleeding profusely. “I immediately went upstairs and informed the family. Subsequently, the local police station was informed,” Chitranjan said, adding that all the members were asleep at the time of the incident.

Sonu’s father-in-law Nagendra Prasad, who came down from Sitamarhi after the incident, said Sonu was under pressure after some of his tenants had refused to pay rent and had also threatened him to sue him. Sonu has two teenaged sons.

The station house officer (SHO) of Gandhi Maidan police station, Rajesh Kumar, said Sonu had suffered serious head injuries. In addition, both hands and legs had got fractured, he said, adding that a case of unnatural death was registered.

He said the police would question Sonu’s wife Seema Devi. “She is in shock at present, the SHO told The Telegraph.

This is the second incident of suicide in the city within 24 hours. On Saturday, a BSc (chemistry) honours student of Patna Women’s College, Anshumala, had allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at Gandhi Maidan. She was found lying unconscious at the maidan and subsequently admitted to Patna Medical College and Hospital where she later died.

Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said the calls details of the girl’s cellphone had been sought to help the police ascertain the reason, which prompted her to take the extreme step.