Namma Metro staffer commits suicide alleging harassment

Namma Metro staffer commits suicide alleging harassment
A 30-year-old Namma Metro staffer committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in BMRCL quarters in Sunkadakatte on Thursday.

The deceased, Santosh Kumar, was an engineering and maintenance staffer of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), the police said. Kumar was found hanging in his room by his mother Pushpa when she went to wake him up in the morning. The police suspect he could have hanged himself the previous night. His body was shifted to Victoria Hospital for post-mortem.

Kumar left a suicide note in which he says he was a victim of mental harassment, but the police are unsure if the harassment was related to his personal life or by BMRCL management.

Meanwhile, the BMRCL Employees Union alleged that workplace harassment led him to take the extreme step.

They also threatened to stage a protest if the police did not file a case appropriately and investigate it.

Suicide note
In his eight-page suicide note, Santosh blamed his personal problems as well BMRCL management for his death. Kumar claimed that he was recently taken to Chandra Layout police station over an enquiry into the case of a missing woman with whom he was in love.

He makes a fervent request to the woman to return home to clear the air over the incident and free him from blame.

About halfway into the letter, he blames the BMRCL management for his extreme step. “The BMRCL management has a share in my suicide. Over the past few months, senseless rules have been imposed on staff. There is a rule prohibiting us from taking mutual (exchange of work shift). Which company imposes such rules? How will the employees work?” the note reads.

Further, the note says the work environment has become suffocating. “Employees can’t ask the management for anything. If we do, we will get a memo. For the last one month, I have been unable to work. Though I have requested for a change, nobody is listening,” he alleges in the note.

The Kamakshipalaya police have registered a case of unnatural death and are investigating. A senior BMRCL official said the incident was unfortunate but he would not like to comment till they get the full facts. “We are finding out if the employee had raised any complaints regarding his work or the management. We will conduct an inquiry before commenting on the issue,” he said.

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