November 28th, 2010
Nov. 27: A day after two techies were found hanging, three people, including a 17-year-old student, took the extreme step at various city police station limits, since Friday night. In the first incident, Uma Shankar, 17, a student, committed suicide by consuming poison. He died later in Victoria hospital on Saturday.
According to Kalasipalya police, he had consumed the poison at his hostel near City Market. After learning about the incident, his hostel-mates rushed him to Victoria, where he died after the medication failed to improve his condition.
“The deceased was a resident of Kaggadasapura and student of APS College in Bengaluru,” said a police officer. Even as the police is still investigating the reasons behind the suicide, rumours were making the rounds in the hostel that Uma Shankar, suffering from behavioural problems, could have been ‘ragged’ by his seniors at the hostel.
The other version is that his father was
summoned recently by the college authorities following several complaints of bunking and misconduct along with drinking and other bad habits, which could have forced him to take the extreme step out of humiliation.
When hostel authorities were contacted, they denied the allegations of ragging, stating that the hostel had nothing to do with the incident. Significantly, the hostel warden and a few of Uma Shankar’s seniors are absconding after the incident came to light. The police is reportedly investigating this development, said sources.
In another incident reported in Kothanur police station limits, a 27-year-old girl and her 70-year-old father drowned in a well near Nagenahalli. According to a police officer, Shilpa, who had returned from her husband’s place, jumped into the well on Friday night.
Later Anjanappa, in an attempt to rescue his daughter, also drowned. The bodies were fished out on Saturday morning. It is suspected that Shilpa ended her life following a bitter quarrel with her husband.
The next case was that of another married woman, who committed suicide following dowry harassment in Nandini Layout police station limits. Shilpa, 24, married to Manjunath for two years, was found hanging in her residence located on 15th Main in Nandini Layout. It is alleged that the husband, who was given Rs 1 lakh along with 100 gms of gold as dowry, was repeatedly demanding more. The police is investigating the matter.