Before killing himself, he sent an email to his sister, saying that his career was not going anywhere.

University of Hyd research scholar kills himself by jumping off 14th floor police probe on
news News Sunday, July 02, 2017 - 07:28

A research scholar from the University of Hyderabad (UoH) killed himself on Saturday afternoon, by jumping off a balcony on the 14th floor of an apartment complex.

The incident occurred at Aparna Venture in Chandanagar, where 45-year-old Vishal Tandon took the extreme step around 3pm. 

According to the initial investigation, the police said that Vishal sent an email to his sister in Mumbai, saying that he did not see a future and his career was not going anywhere.

Sensing that something was wrong, Vishal's sister contacted his friend, and asked him to check on her brother. 

“However, by the time Vishal's friend reached the location, he was already dead. For the past one month, Vishal had been staying alone in the flat as his mother moved to Mumbai, where his sister resides,'' Chandanagar sub-inspector Saidulu told TOI.

The police suspect that he committed suicide due to 'health problems' and failure to get a job. 

Vishal was doing a PhD in gender studies, and students said that he was also known for his advocacy of the LGBTQ movement in campus and in Hyderabad.

Kuldeep Singh Nagi, Students Union President, told TNM, "We got a call around 3 pm that Vishal had jumped off from the 14th floor. However, by the time I reached the spot with some student representatives, the body was shifted to the mortuary of the Gandhi Hospital."

"We can't come to a conclusion on his death, just yet. Police officials are saying that post-mortem will be done on Sunday," he added.

Dr Vasuki Belavadi, chief warden, also visited the Gandhi Hospital along with other officials from the University.

"We do not know the reason behind this shocking incident. We have got in touch with his sister and family members through his department. They may arrive on Sunday morning, when further formalities will be carried out," Vasuki said, expressing grief at the death.


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