Ramdas booked for suicide bid

Ramdas booked for suicide bid

A day after former minister S A Ramdas allegedly attempted to end his life, the Kuvempunagar police on Wednesday booked him for attempt to suicide.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) A N Rajanna told Deccan Herald that a case had been registered against Ramdas under Section 309 of the IPC. The action followed a complaint filed by Nagendra, the driver of Ramdas, who was present at the guesthouse near Vivekananda Circle when the latter attempted suicide. 

According to the complaint, a “strange sound” emerged from the room in which Ramdas had locked himself around 9.30 pm on Tuesday. Suspecting something amiss, Nagendra reached the room through the attached bathroom of an adjacent room.

“Ramdas had already tied his neck with a bedsheet and was trying to kick the chair beneath, when I went to his rescue,” according Nagendra’s statement to the police. It states that a “disturbed” Ramdas entered the guesthouse around 6 pm, and was on the phone for many hours. He refused to have dinner even after his brother Srikanth Das asked him for it. 

Dr Somanath, Medical Superintendent of Apollo BGS Hospitals, where Ramdas has been admitted, said the patient was responding to treatment.

On ventilation

“He is currently on ventilator support. It may take at least a week for him to recover. Neurologist Dr Bopaiah and ICU in-charge Dr Harish Nayak are treating him,” he said. A source in the hospital said that Ramdas had seizures twice and hence was kept under observation in the ICU.

Though there were no marks on his neck indicating strangulation, there was lack of blood circulation to the brain. MLCs Go Madhusudhan and C H Vijayashankar, legislator Appachchu Ranjan and former MLC L R Mallikarjunappa visited the hospital.

Sathya Premakumari, currently a second division clerk at the deputy commissioner’s office in Tumkur, had alleged that Ramdas married her secretly only to desert her later. 

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