A scientist at the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), a premier laser research centre here, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself, police said on Sunday.
Thirty-year-old Thirumala Prasad Thenka, who was found dead in his flat in Rajendra Nagar locality, had left a suicide note accusing his senior of mental harassment, police said.
Based on the suicide note, the police have registered a case of abetment to suicide against senior scientific officer G.S. Lodha.
“We have already questioned Lodha in this connection. Presently, the line of investigation that we are pursuing is suicide by hanging due to harassment,” Additional Superintendent of Police Manoj Singh told Hindustan Times.
Thenka’s body was discovered by his domestic help on Saturday night.
The RRCAT has expressed shock and grief over the demise of Thenka in a statement released to the media.
“We were not aware of the problems Thenka was facing. Otherwise, the tragedy could have been averted,” said RRCAT Director P.D. Gupta.
The institute has taken the matter seriously and action will be taken, he added.
Thenka’s body was handed over to his family members after autopsy.
Thenka was selected as trainee scientific officer at RRCAT in 2004.
He began his career as grade scientific officer-C. Within two years, he reached the next grade of scientific officer-D.
He also got five additional increments through performance-related incentives.