The last rites of a 65-year-old retired forest official, who allegedly committed suicide in MP’s Damoh district on Tuesday, were performed by municipality employees as he did not wish to be cremated by his three sons, the police said on Wednesday.
Damoh Nagar Palika’s four employees - Ayub Khan, Chandrabhan Valmiki, Kailash and Sujeet - performed deputy forest ranger Harishankar Gupta’s last rites at a cremation ground in Damoh on Tuesday evening.
According to Sagar Naka police outpost in-charge Ramshankar Mishra, the retired official ended his life by jumping before a running train in Damoh town on Tuesday morning.
A suicide note, purportedly written by Gupta, mentioned trouble in his family. According to the suicide note, Gupta’s last wish was that his body should not be cremated by his family, including three sons Purshottam, Nand Kishore and Krishna Kumar.
Give my money to government for some noble cause and not to my family, said suicide note
In the suicide note, it was also mentioned that whatever money was deposited in his bank account should be given to the government for some noble cause and not to his family.
Respecting Gupta’s lash wish, the police said his body was handed over to the municipality, whose employees the last rites in consonance with Hindu tradition.
When Gupta’s last rites were being performed, two of his sons - Krishna Kumar and Purshottam Gupta - rushed to the cremation ground, but were stopped by the municipality employees. Though Krishna Kumar managed to take the earthen pot on head performed parikrama of the burning pyre.
Later, Gupta’s sons told the media that their father lived alone after their mother died a few years ago. They also said the police had called them to identify the body.
AIR officer commits suicide in Chhindwara
An All India Radio transmission executive officer, slated to get married soon, committed suicide by hanging at his official residence in Chhindwara district on Wednesday, police said.
No suicide note was recovered from his residence. The police said prima facie it appears that Ajay Kahar, 30, committed suicide.
One of Kahar’s close friends told the police that he had a long conversation with his fiancé over phone on Tuesday night.
“We’ve seized Ajay’s cell phone and analysis of the phone’s call details will throw more light in the matter,” Chhindwara superintendent of police GK Pathak said. Kahar, a native of Seoni district, was living alone in Chhindwara.