'Depressed over property dispute,' techie jumps to death

'Depressed over property dispute,' techie jumps to death

'Depressed over property dispute,' techie jumps to death

A 29-year-old software engineer jumped to death from the fifth floor of her office in ITPL, Whitefield, on Thursday.

The deceased, identified as Shobha Lakshminarayana, was a resident of Mahalakshmipuram in Rajajinagar and a native of Mandya.

The police suspect the victim was under depression over a property dispute. She had lost her father when she was four years old, a police officer said.

The incident happened at around 8 am. She worked as an assistant manager at an IT firm. Shobha had logged into her office at around 7.40 am and left her laptop and ID card on her seat, before going to the cafeteria on the fifth floor, from where she jumped to death from a window, police said.

Security personnel who found her lying in a pool of blood rushed her to a hospital. Shobha, who sustained severe head injuries, was declared brought dead.

Preliminary inquiries revealed that Shobha was having a dispute with her relatives over property, which is in court, and was under depression. She was consulting a psychiatrist, police said, quoting family sources.

Shobha had inherited ancestral property from her father. But her relatives had disputed it.

Shobha, who stayed with her mother at her paternal grandfather’s house, was depressed and even discussed  the dispute with her colleagues a number of times.

“We are verifying if she contacted anybody before she jumped to death. There was no suicide note. The police found that Shobha was reading books on how to overcome depression and had even brought a few books to office before she committed suicide,” the police said.

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