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City wakes up to twin suicides

- Seven make death wish in 2013 in continuing sequel to 208 last year

Two young men — one unemployed and depressed and the other a foundry employee — chose the noose over life on Wednesday, taking the suicide toll in Jamshedpur to seven in 2013.

Last year, the shock graph had reached a high of 208.

Police said Akaash Shah (19) was a resident of Sidhgora, while Kalicharan Das (20) lived in Sankosai in Mango. None left behind any note to elaborate on their death wish, but circumstantial evidence suggested suicide.

Akaash was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his family home on Road No. 21 around 9.30am. His mother and sister were basking in the winter sun outside when he took the extreme step. His room was bolted from inside.

Neighbours broke open the door, brought him down and rushed him to Tata Main Hospital (TMH), but doctors declared him brought dead.

Family sources said the teenager had stopped studying two years ago, did not have a job and was also suffering from acute depression.

Assistant sub-inspector of police Rajkumar Pandey, who is investigating the case, however, said that the reason behind the suicide could not be ascertained yet. “The deceased, who was unemployed, has not left behind a suicidal note,” he added.

Half an hour before Akaash hanged himself, Kalicharan — who worked in a foundry in Mango — had ended his life.

The youth, family members said, woke up at 6am as usual, but skipped work. His father and brother found him hanging with a rope around 9am. He, too, was rushed to TMH, but in vain.

Sources said the deceased’s father and brother who were at home at the time of the incident had broken open the door and rushed him to Tata Main Hospital emergency, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Sub-inspector Mahesh Kumar Prasad of the local Olidih police station confirmed that circumstantial evidence suggested suicide though no note was found. “We are probing the case and will talk to family members,” he said, adding that the body had been sent to MGM Medical College for post-mortem.

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