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Girl jumps to death from South City

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, June 18, 2013
First Published: 09:21 IST(18/6/2013) | Last Updated: 09:27 IST(18/6/2013)

A 17-year-old girl jumped to her death from the fourth tower of South City, the tallest residential building in the city, on Monday evening.

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According to the police, Rusha Majumdar, an autistic child jumped from the 20th floor of building around 6:15 pm when her mother was busy talking over phone. With this incident, altogether six persons committed suicide by jumping off the South City, which is fast becoming a suicide spot.

“From the primary investigation it seems that it’s a case of suicide. The family members didn’t notice when she jumped off the balcony. The body has been sent for post-mortem, after which the scene will be clear,” said Debashis Chakraborty, officer-in-charge of Jadavpur police station.

Family sources said that the girl had autism since birth and had become hyperactive lately. The deceased used to live with her mother and two sisters at South City. Father Shankar Mukherjee works in the merchant navy and keeps touring the country.

The city was stunned when an 81-year-old woman, along with her two middle-aged daughters, jumped to death from the 35th floor terrace of tower one of South City on August 31, 2012.On the morning of August 30, Amita Mukherjee and her two daughters cremated her husband, Nihar, a government accountant. A day earlier, the trio had penned their suicide note within hours of Nihar’s death.On August 23, Amita’s daughters, Mukuta and Kheya, visited Rabindra Bharati University to inform the vice-chancellor that the family was donating its property to the institute.This strange sequence of events points to the trio being severely depressed by the prospect of life without the head of their household, which is apparently why they leapt to their deaths.

Again on October 9, a 55-year-old share-market broker jumped from the 30th floor of tower two, leaving a suicide note on the staircases. In his note he mentioned his inability to pay his huge debt as the reason for such a choice.

The death parade of South City started on January 1, 2012, when a man in this 30s jumped to death from tower one after having a row with his friends at a New Year celebration party.

The residents of South City had earlier expressed their dissatisfaction over the security of the residential complex. However, with occurrence of Monday’s incident, its evident that the residents’ request to the South City authorities to tighten security went in vain.


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