Yediyurappa’s secretary refuses to give police statement in attempted suicide case

BS Yediyurappa’s political secretary NR Santosh has been receiving treatment in hospital since Friday following a reported suicide attempt.
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Bengaluru police probing the attempted suicide of BS Yediyurappa’s political secretary NR Santosh has to wait till he is discharged from the hospital to get his statement. Deccan Herald quoted an investigating officer saying that Santosh did not cooperate with them and refused to give a statement citing his health condition. As a result the officer said he will be questioned only after his discharge. This occurred after Santosh was shifted to a ward on Saturday after spending hours in the critical care unit. 

Following his hospital admission, Sadashivanagar police had registered a case against Santosh for this under  IPC section 309 (attempt to commit sucide). As reported earlier Santosh was  found unconscious in his reading room by his family members on Friday night. Following this, his family members had rushed him to MS Ramaiah Hospital, in the vicinity. After his hospitalisation, Santosh’s wife Jhanavi had said that although on Friday morning he appeared jovial, Santosh was facing a lot of political pressure and was apprehensive about losing his standing, The couple had also attended a wedding in the evening, but Santosh reportedly turned melancholic. Santosh, who was instrumental in bringing BS Yediyurappa to power, was reportedly losing his place in the state’s political landscape. Santosh was reportedly further ignored following recent successes of BS Yediurappa’s son Vijayendra in helping the BJP win the bye-polls .

The issue had also turned political with the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar demanding a high-level probe into the suicide attempt. Speaking to reporters in Karwar on Saturday, Shivakumar alleged that he had learned of Santosh being under “tremendous pressure” as a few BJP leaders were harassing him.

If you are aware of anyone facing mental health issues or feeling suicidal, please provide help. Here are some helpline numbers of suicide-prevention organisations that can offer emotional support to individuals and families. 

Tamil Nadu

State health department's suicide helpline: 104

Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050 (listed as the sole suicide prevention helpline in Tamil Nadu)

Andhra Pradesh

Life Suicide Prevention: 78930 78930

Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584


Sahai (24-hour): 080 65000111, 080 65000222


Maithri: 0484 2540530

Chaithram: 0484 2361161

Both are 24-hour helpline numbers.


State government's suicide prevention (tollfree): 104

Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200

SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 am and 7 pm)

Aasara offers support to individuals and families during an emotional crisis, for those dealing with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, and to those undergoing trauma after the suicide of a loved one.    

24x7 Helpline: 9820466726 

Click here for working helplines across India.

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