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‘Had no idea he was going to IIT to commit suicide’: Family in shock, say Delhi graduate was unhappy with his career

The family of Anshum Gupta, the 31-year-old who jumped to his death on IIT-Delhi’s campus, say he was unhappy about his career growth and was undergoing treatment for depression.

delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2018 16:29 IST
Anvit Srivastava
Anvit Srivastava
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Anshum Gupta graduated from the five-year integrated masters and bachelors course in Computer Science and engineering from IIT-Delhi.
Anshum Gupta graduated from the five-year integrated masters and bachelors course in Computer Science and engineering from IIT-Delhi.

Family members of 31-year-old Anshum Gupta, who committed suicide by jumping from a building on the IIT-Delhi campus, said the man was an all India topper of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination(AIEEE).

HT, however, could not verify this claim independently.

Gupta had reportedly quit his job around 5-6 months ago because he was not happy with his professional growth, a relative, who did not wish to be named, claimed.

“He was a brilliant student. He was the brightest student even at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya from where he passed out in 2005. He had secured an all India rank of 1 in AIEEE,” claimed another relative, a cousin who had come to Gupta’s house in Greater Kailash 1 to pay his respects to the family.  

Gupta graduated from IIT-Delhi in 2010 after studying a five-year combined BTech and MTech degree in Computer Science and engineering. He then secured a job at an American multinational technology company, a relative said. However, he had returned from the US in 2015 after working there for about two years, police said.

“He did not attend work regularly. He would often quit and then get another offer. For the past few months he had not been working. He probably was not happy at the way his career was growing,” the cousin said.

Police suspect he may have gone into depression while at work in the US.

Family members told police that Gupta had many friends at IIT-Delhi and would visited them regularly. Police, however, have not found anyone with whom Gupta met on the IIT campus before taking his life. Police are scanning his cell phone details and will look at his call records to get more details.

On Friday evening, family members initially refused to talk about Gupta’s death.

The two relatives who spoke to HT did so on the condition they would not be named. “He was being treated for depression. A doctor in CR Park had been treating him. He was also taking medicines. This morning, when he left home for IIT, we had no idea he was going there to end his life. We do not suspect any foul play,” said Gupta’s cousin.

Meanwhile, the Delhi police have launched a probe in the case and said they would visit the IIT campus again over the weekend to try and find eyewitnesses who may have seen Gupta climbing the Industrial Research and Development Unit building within the campus.

First Published: Jun 09, 2018 09:46 IST

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