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Happy end to ?reality suicide show?

FOR TWO and half hours, people watched with bated breath the antics of a man threatening to jump from the top of a high-tension pole near Vijay Nagar crossing. As the local television channel cameras rolled, showing the event ?live?, there was the lurking fear ? would it be a repeat of the gruesome episode of Gopal Kashyap, who died in front of TV cameras covering his self-immolation bid in Patiala?

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 13:22 IST

FOR TWO and half hours, people watched with bated breath the antics of a man threatening to jump from the top of a high-tension pole near Vijay Nagar crossing. As the local television channel cameras rolled, showing the event ‘live’, there was the lurking fear – would it be a repeat of the gruesome episode of Gopal Kashyap, who died in front of TV cameras covering his self-immolation bid in Patiala?

At around 11.45 am, a man identified as Udai Singh of Malwi Nagar, was spotted on top of the high-tension pole, and soon people started gathering around it. The police and fire brigade were informed and the media, too, came by sniffing a ‘story’. In fact it was due to the ‘live’ coverage that the family members of Udai Singh became aware and rushed to the sight. His wife Kamla Bai and their two young boys Sandeep (11) and Bhola (9) kept shouting and urging him to come down.

But Udai Singh kept muttering something, and sometimes shouted that people were out to grab his land. His wife said that her husband was mentally disturbed and suffered from persecution complex.

It was a tough problem for fire brigade and police. They had to bring him down without alarming him, but just in case he slipped, they had kept a net and trampoline sheet to break his fall.

As the people watched, the fire brigade personnel along with Udai’s brother-in-law Gabbar Singh and his friend Guddu went near him.

They talked to him and convinced him to come down, even as Udai kept threatening that he would jump or catch hold of the live wire if anyone came near him. Perched in that precarious position, Udai then demanded water, which was given to him.

Then much to everyone’s relief he said he would come down on his own, and it appeared that things would end soon. But that was only the interval! After coming down a few rungs, Udai again struck to his position and refused to come down, and it was back to square one.

Once again everybody started coaxing and cajoling him to come down, assuring him that no one would harm him if he came down. But Udai refused to budge. By this time the road was milling with people and everyone was losing patience. In one swift move Gabbar and Guddu climbed up and before Udai could realise anything they grabbed his leg, and as the people below cheered, they tied Udai with a rope and gently brought him down!

Unfortunately, it was not a hero’s welcome for Udai. Vijay Nagar police have booked him under Section 309 for attempted suicide. CSP Jitendra Singh said, ‘‘from his words it appeared that he was mentally disturbed, but we have to get medical confirmation.’’