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Trio end Holi with noose

The festival of colours turned ashen for three Jamshedpur families who lost their sons to the noose in the past 24 hours.

Resident of Northern Town, one of the city’s most privileged areas, Utkarsh (24), son of Tata Steel HR official Vinay Pandey, hanged himself inside Bungalow No. 10 on Central Avenue on Monday afternoon.

A former student of a Calcutta hotel management institute, Utkarsh was currently studying at Karim City College. A relative said he had become a heavy drinker.

“On Monday afternoon, Utkarsh wanted to ride his bike and celebrate Holi, but as he was prone to drinking, his father refused. Utkarsh banged the door of his room shut. Later, someone discovered him hanging from the ceiling fan. His father and others rushed him to Tata Main Hospital but he was declared brought dead,” the relative said.

Police sent the body for autopsy on Tuesday. “Utkarsh hadn’t bolted the door or left a note. But he was not doing well in studies and when his father scolded him, it upset him further. We think the youth committed suicide,” Bistupur OC Jitendra Kumar said.

In a separate tragedy, 20-year-old Sapan Singh, who lived in Pardih, in Mango’s Azadnagar area, and worked at a bike showroom in Sakchi, hanged himself late on Monday night or the small hours of Tuesday after playing Holi.

A relative said Sapan was very attached to his late mother. “When Sapan came home on Monday evening, he was drunk and his face was painted. He picked up his mother’s photograph and started weeping uncontrollably,” he said. “He shut himself up in his room and bolted it. On Tuesday, family members broke open the door and found him hanging,” the relative added.

Kaushik Pal (23), Birsanagar resident and a contractual worker, also chose the noose on Monday night or the intervening night. Birsanagar OC Bir Singh Munda said Kaushik couldn’t take the acute pain of his chronic piles. “We registered a case of unnatural death based on his father Tarun Pal’s statement,” he said.

Jeevan functionaries said till Tuesday, the city had seen 45 suicides, 14 in March alone.

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