CPI-M legislator jumps to death in Bengal

"Quasem might have jumped out of his room through the window when none of his family members were present. His son noticed the body on the parapet and informed the police," said CPI-M leader and former speaker Hasim Abdul Halim.

In the recently concluded assembly elections, Quasem was elected from Basirhat North Assembly constituency in North 24 Parganas district and used to live in the state legislators' hostel.

Earlier, he was elected from Swarupnagar in the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 elections.

Police, fire and emergency services department personnel rushed Quasem to Calcutta Medical College, where he was declared brought dead.

A suicide note was recovered from his room and he was suffering from mental depression, said a senior police officer.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: "It is an unfortunate incident. He was suffering from kidney ailment. If I had an opportunity to be introduced to him, I would have arranged for his treatment."

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