Digha, the Bengali's favourite seaside holiday spot seems to have turned into a popular suicide destination instead. On Tuesday police recovered a body from a hotel room in New Digha.
Primary investigations proved that it was, in fact, a case of suicide. This is the third incident of a 'tourist" committing suicide at a Digha hotel room in the last two months.
Tuesday's incident involved a 58-year-old from CIT road in Beleghata, Kolkata, whose details were found in the hotel's register. His name was Shankar Das.
"He was found hanging in his hotel room and it is likely that he committed suicide," said a police officer.
Sources said that the man had arrived at Digha on Monday, and on Tuesday the staff, receiving no response on knocking on his door, immediately informed the police, who broke the door down and recovered the body.
In July and August, four people committed suicide at Digha. On August 11 police recovered two bodies from a hotel room at the favourite tourist spot in East Midnapore.
The register said they were Bhagirath Pal (30) and Kanika Pal (28), and that they had come from Jangalpara in Chandannagar, Hooghly.
On July 21 police found two bodies in a hotel room at New Digha.
The deceased were identified as Rinashri Patra (21) and Sujit Patra (20). Rinashri was Sujit's sister-in-law, and a suicide note revealed that they were in love, and were driven to suicide because their family would never accept their relationship.
Police in Digha said that the numbers of suicides were indeed on the rise, and that most of the bodies were recovered from hotel rooms.
"It's not possible to keep a watch on every hotel. There has been a flood of tourists lately, it's not possible to track everyone," said a police officer, adding, "We are only informed after the crime is committed."
"Now Digha has become even more beautiful and people are coming to the area in droves. We are trying to provide the best services we can, but it's never possible to know what's on a person's mind. If someone is bent on committing suicide there's no way to stop him. But we will try and make an effort to make sure everyone has the best time at Digha, and not be depressed," said the joint secretary of Digha-Shankarpur Hotelier's Association, Bipradas Chakrabarty.