A director in the Union ministry of commerce and industries, 43-year-old Gauri Karol, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her residence in Sector 37 on Sunday morning. The police suspect it to be a case of suicide.
The incident came to light on Sunday morning when the father of the deceased, MK Mahapatra, spotted a suicide note written by his daughter in the kitchen, the police said. In the suicide note, it was mentioned that she was consuming potassium cyanide, the police said.
“Mahapatra immediately asked his wife to check the first floor of the house, where their daughter lived. She was found lying in the washroom. She was rushed to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on arrival,” said Zahir Khan, station house officer, Sector 39 police station.
A police team rushed to the scene and a small packet of white powder was recovered from the spot.
“It was confiscated and sent to laboratory for forensic test. The body was also sent for post-mortem examination, reports of which are awaited,” said Khan. Police said Karol, an Indian audit and account service (IAAS) officer from the batch of 1998, was married to a colonel in 1999. Karol is survived by two sons, aged 13 and 10.
Last year, the couple got divorced mutually and Karol was staying at her parent’s house in Sector 37 since.
The elder son was living with his father while the younger one was living with his mother, the police said.
“The family of the deceased said she was in depression for quite some time. However, she never showed any suicidal tendency,” Khan said.
“In the suicide note, she did not mention the reason behind the extreme step and requested her parents to take care of her son. Karol also mentioned in the note that she had bought the cyanide from a shop in Old Delhi,” Khan said about the incident.
He said that the case is being investigated from all aspects.
Family members of the deceased refused to speak with the media.