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SNDT university professor shoots self

A 51-year-old professor of English at SNDT Women’s University, allegedly committed suicide inside staff quarters at the university’s campus in Santacruz on Wednesday.

mumbai Updated: Apr 16, 2010 01:29 IST
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A 51-year-old professor of English at SNDT Women’s University, allegedly committed suicide inside staff quarters at the university’s campus in Santacruz on Wednesday.

“The victim shot himself with a country-made revolver,” the police said.

The Santacruz police said the incident came to light around 12.30 pm but nobody heard the gunshots.

Siddhartha Sontake, living at the quarters since eight years, was attached with PV polytechnic in SNDT since 1986. He hailed from Aurangabad.

Nisar Tamboli, deputy commissioner of police, zone IX, said, “It is a case of suicide. We are inquiring as to how the victim managed to procure the weapon.”

The police said that Sontake, a bachelor, was bedridden since 2005 and did not have a license of the weapon.

“He was found dead by his servant who then informed the only other resident in the two-storeyed building, deputy registrar Vinod Dahate, who lives on the ground floor,” said an officer. The servant was employed around two months ago.

Tamboli said the police are investigating if the servant had any role in the incident.

“Sontake lived alone and had employed a servant to take care him. He was reportedly suffering from a bone disease due to which his movement below the waist was restricted,” said an officer.

“Sontake had asked his servant (around 22 years old) to buy fruits from the nearby market. He found Sontake’s body on returning,” said a senior officer.

“Since 2005, Sontake had been on medical leave and was suffering from physical complications for a long time,” said a staff member of the polytechnic department requesting anonymity.

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