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Pune techie suicide: Why did the 25-year-old jump to his death?

The Forum for IT Employees demands proper inquiry into the untimely death of Gopikrishna and a reasonable compensation for his family.

pune Updated: Jul 16, 2017 14:19 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Gopikrishna was employed at Catche Digital Private Limited in Delhi for over a year before he took up the job in Pune.
Gopikrishna was employed at Catche Digital Private Limited in Delhi for over a year before he took up the job in Pune.(HT PHOTO)

Pune Gopikrishna Durgaprasad (25), an IT employee, who committed suicide in Pune in the early hours of Wednesday in Viman nagar, Pune was born into a family of farmers. Gopikirshna’s parents Prasad and Pushpawati Rao received his mortal remains a day after he jumped off the roof of a hotel in Pune, two days after joining a city-based company.  

Gopikrishna was employed at Catche Digital Private Limited in Delhi for over a year before he took up the job in Pune, said assistant police inspector (API) Dilip Jaisinghkar of Vimantal police station who is investigating the case.

The family members of Gopikrishan received his body in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh around 4:30 pm on Thursday, his brother-in-law and childhood friend Avinash Meka said. His parents were looking to get him married this year, said the API. “We have registered the case under CrPC 174 as accidental death. However, we will be recording the statements of various people including his previous employers, current employers, parents and relatives, among others,” Jaisinghkar said.

Gopikrishna was employed on a contract basis  in Delhi, and was looking to get a permanent position. However, even after a year, the company did not provide a permanent position although they promised a position, according to Avinash. Although Gopikrishna had a job offer from a major telecom company, his managers convinced him to not accept the offer, said Avinash.

“I’m scared that I may not look after my family properly. Please take care of my family. Sorry guys, I’m worried about future as we are not that strong. Love you all,” wrote Gopikrishna before cutting his left forearm 25 times, according to the police record. When that did not work, he went to the roof of the hotel and jumped, said API Jaisinghkar. 

The accommodation in the hotel from where he jumped to his death was provided by his current employer identified as a US-based software company called Pitney Bowes. Pitney Bowes employees evaded questions about the employment record of the deceased engineer. Members of a public relations company which approached  Hindustan Times claiming to be representatives of Pitney Bowes also failed to answer questions.

"We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our young colleague and offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends," a Pitney Bowes spokesperson said in a statement provided by the PR agency.

The Forum for IT Employees (FITE), an organisation working for the IT employees who lost their jobs since 2014, has released a statement in the matter. “FITE has reiterated several times that most of the IT employees working in metropolitan cities are migrants from rural and suburaban areas. These layoffs not only affect the employees, but also the livelihood of their families. It is high time that the government intervenes in this issue and comes up with effective solutions. FITE demands proper inquiry into the untimely death of Gopikrishna and a reasonable compensation for his family,” a statement by FITE reads.