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Painter hangs self in city

A 30-year-old youth hanged himself from a ceiling fan at his Tuiladungri house in Jamshedpur in the small hours of Tuesday, apparently upset over poor financial condition.

Police said Baldev Singh, who used to stay with his elder brother Satnam (35) and his family, was a painter and earned a living by drawing posters and wall-writing.

“This is a case of suicide. The door of his room was locked from inside,” said Golmuri OC Nehaluddin Khan.

According to him, the deceased might have hanged himself between 2am and 4am.

However, there was no suicide note to suggest reasons that prompted him to take the extreme step. “Even his brother and sister-in-law are clueless about the reason, but claimed that Baldev had taken to drinking lately,” Khan added.

Sources said Satnam, who works with an ancillary unit at the Tata Steel plant here, raised an alarm after repeated attempts to wake Baldev up failed in the morning.

“We broke open the door to see Baldev hanging from the ceiling fan,” said a neighbour.

Dinesh Kumar, another neighbour, said Baldev, who lost his parents years ago, used to crack jokes to make others laugh.

However, a relative said Baldev had been suffering from frustration for some time now. “He was probably not happy with meagre amounts that he would earn through writing posters and wall-painting,” he said.

Police have sent the body to MGM Medical College for post-mortem.