A woman in her thirties was found hanging from a pipe inside a store room at Delhi Metro’s Kashmere Gate on Thursday, police said.
According to the police, the woman, who is yet to be identified, was spotted by a sweeper who had gone inside the room on platform 2, where the station stores sprinklers. He immediately informed the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel posted in the area and Metro officials about the incident. The woman was then brought down and rushed to a nearby hospital and was declared dead on arrival.
Police said they had not ascertained the reason behind her taking the extreme step could not be ascertained till late on Thursday evening. No suicide note was recovered from the spot. Also, no identification document that could help the police establish the woman’s identity was recovered from her possession. The woman was carrying a small purse containing Rs 130 in cash, police said .
Jitendramani Tripathi, deputy commissioner of police (Delhi Metro), said that the incident was brought to their notice around 8.30am. Following the incident, the CCTV footage of the platform was accessed to see how the deceased had entered the store room on the platform. In the video footage, the woman was seen entering the platform around 10.30pm on Wednesday, said the officer.
“It appears that the woman went inside the room — that is usually empty and is only frequented by the staff — around 11pm and hanged herself from the pipe. She used her dupatta to prepare the noose. Since all the staff had gone home by then, no one saw her. Her body was spotted early in the morning by a sweeper who came to clean the store,” a senior police officer said.
The police are trying to ascertain the woman’s identity and said they will preserve the body in a mortuary till they do so. “She was not carrying any bag or ID that would help us ascertain her identity. There is no suicide note. We have contacted the local police station to help us identify her by scanning missing complaints of women lodged in the last 24-hours. An investigation has been launched,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, the police are also analysing the CCTV footage to see if she entered the metro station with someone or was alone. “We are exploring all angles in the case,” the officer added.