A senior Kolkata airport official allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the ninth floor of the airport’s air traffic control (ATC) tower in Kolkata on Saturday.
KK Gupta, 51, regional general manager of ATC, was suffering from depression, the police said. The incident occurred around 2:30pm near gate no. 4 of the Netaji Subash Chandra Bose International airport, one of the most secure and safest buildings in the city.
“Officials working at the tarmac heard a loud thud and they followed it to find Gupta lying in a pool of blood,” an ATC official said on condition of anonymity.
“He had jumped from almost 100 feet of the 112-feet high tower.”
Gupta, a resident of Dum Dum area of the city, was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. Officials of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is in charge of airport security, said they were puzzled to see Gupta enter the ATC tower as his office had been shifted to the new administrative building last month.
“He was on leave and was scheduled to leave for Delhi on Saturday to attend an interview conducted by the departmental promotional committee as his promotion was pending,” said a colleague who did wish to be named.
Convicted doctor found dead
A Haryana doctor, convicted for conducting a pre-natal sex determination test, was found dead at his clinic in Karnal on Saturday.
Brij Sharma was sentenced to three years imprisonment by a Karnal court on August 18. He was, however, out on bail.
“Sharma had consumed excessive alcohol. But the exact cause of death will be determined only after a postmortem, which will be conducted on Sunday,” said Ram Chander, station house officer, Civil Lines police station.