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Hours before flight to Canada, 'depressed' youth shoots self

Hours before his return flight to Canada, a 21-year-old Chandigarh resident on Wednesday committed suicide by shooting himself from an illegal weapon at his relative's house in Phase 4 here.

chandigarh Updated: Oct 17, 2012 23:54 IST
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Hours before his return flight to Canada, a 21-year-old Chandigarh resident on Wednesday committed suicide by shooting himself from an illegal weapon at his relative's house in Phase 4 here.


The deceased, Sector 40 resident Raunak Singh, had come to visit his aunt and shot himself in the head in the bathroom of her house with a country-made pistol around 6 pm.

In the suicide note recovered by the police, Raunak said he was under depression. He did not blame anyone for him taking the extreme step.

The deceased had been studying in Toronto, Canada, since November last year. He had come home for vacations in August and was scheduled to return on October 2, but had been delaying his return on one pretext or the other. On Wednesday, he was to leave for Delhi to return to Canada at 2.30am.

His mother, Charanjit Kaur, had also come to his aunt's house to see him off but he sent her back to Chandigarh, saying that she would not be able to see him go away.

"According to his family, he did not show any signs of depression. In the evening, he went to a bathroom in the house, bolted the door from inside and shot himself," a policeman said.

On hearing the noise and not getting a response from Raunak, his aunt Gurpreet Kaur called her son who broke open the door only to find Raunak in a pool of blood. He was rushed to a nearby private hospital where he was declared brought dead. His mother is not in a position to talk. "We have recovered an illegal weapon from the spot and taken it in our custody. The reason of suicide is unclear. He is survived by his mother and sister," superintendent of police (city) Swarandeep Singh said.