A 49-year-old woman committed suicide early on Monday by jumping off the roof of the six-storeyed police quarters in Tollygunge while her daughter stood a few feet away.
Dipali Dutta, whose husband, Subrata, is an assistant sub-inspector posted at Tollygunge police station, was declared dead at SSKM Hospital.
Police said the incident occurred at 4.15am at the building on SP Mukherjee Road that houses Tollygunge police station on the ground floor and the police quarters above it.
Deepali lived in the quarters with her husband and 22-year-old daughter. “When Deepali’s daughter, who was sleeping beside her, woke up, she did not see her mother,” said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, the joint commissioner of police (crime). “She searched the other rooms of the quarters but didn’t find her.”
She told cops she went to the roof to find her mother standing on the edge, holding on to an iron rod.
“I asked her why she was on the roof,” the daughter told police. “When I started approaching her, she told me I should not walk another step towards her.”
As she continued walking towards her, Deepali jumped. “She died in front of me. I stood there helpless,” the daughter said.
It appears Dipali was upset because of certain ailments. “She underwent surgery a few months ago and since then, she was upset,” said Ghosh.
“She had been depressed since the operation. She would hardly interact with her husband and daughter. She would mostly keep herself confined in the quarters,” said a relative.
The Duttas have been living at the quarters for several years.