Man hangs self, relative alleges police harassment

21-year-old man reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Bagalgunte. Representational Image

A 21-year-old man reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Bagalgunte on Wednesday.

The police suspect that the victim, Ramachandra, a Tempo Traveller driver attached to a private travel agency, may have taken the extreme step due to depression.

According to the police, Ramachandra and his mother, Jayamma, were living in Bagalgunte near the Maramma temple. He was not going to work for the past 15 days for reasons unknown, the police said.

On Wednesday, around lunch time, he asked his mother to buy curd. Even as she left for the shop, he hanged himself from a ceiling hook. When Jayamma returned, the door was locked and she peeped through the window and found Ramachandra hanging. She informed the neighbours, who alerted the police. They rushed him to hospital, but the doctors declared him brought dead, the police said. However, one of the victim’s relatives claimed that Ramachandra killed himself due to harassment by the police.

‘Victim was threatened’

He said another relative of Ramachandra, who resides in Rajagopalanagar and was accused in a case, had gone absconding. The police, in spite of tracing him, picked up Ramachandra and asked him to give his whereabouts, and said they would file false cases against him if he didn’t oblige.

However, the relative has not lodged any complaint with the police.

The Bagalgunte police have registered a case of unnatural death based on Ramachandra mother’s complaint and are investigating further.

Woman dies at hospital

In a separate incident, a 36-year-old woman died at a hospital, where she had been admitted five days ago after she hanged herself at her house at Defence Colony in Bagalgunte.

The victim, Latha, a homemaker, was the wife of Thamme Gowda, a supervisor at a garments factory.

According to the police, she hanged herself at her house from a ceiling fan on April 20. But she was rescued and was admitted to the Sapthagiri Hospital, where she was undergoing treatment, the added.

On Wednesday, she stopped responding to the treatment and died, the police said.

They are yet to ascertain the reason behind her taking the extreme step, but suspect that she was depressed and so decided to end her life.

The Bagalgunte police have registered a case of unnatural death and are investigating further.

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