His son went missing two years ago and has remained untraceable since. Unable to cope with the pain, a 63-year-old man committed suicide in the city. Ramanand Singh, a retired teacher, was found hanging from the ceiling fan at his house in Sugam apartment near Madhur hall in Anandnagar area on Wednesday morning.
According to his daughter-in-law Rekha, 32, who also lives in the same apartment, Singh had slipped into depression after his son Ranjit Singh went missing on March 30, 2011. Cops also found a suicide note from the spot in which Singh claimed responsibility for his extreme step and urged the police not to harass anyone after his death.
Investigation revealed that Ranjit used to work as scientific assistant at Institute of Plasma Research (IPR) at Bhat village in Gandhinagar. He married Rekha, a native of Bihar, and the couple has a son, who is 6 years old now.
On the fateful day, Ranjit left home to catch the staff bus of IPR near his house. When he did not return home till 7pm, Ramanand approached Satellite police and lodged a missing person’s complaint. During investigation, cops learned that Ranjit, who was 33 then, never boarded the staff bus on that day. The incident left Ramanand depressed.
While searching for reasons behind the suicide, Anandnagar police learned that Ramanand’s wife died in 1990. Cops also learned that Rekha never visited her native place in Bihar so that she could take care of Ramanand. Neighbours also told the cops that Rekha was hired by IPR in place of Ranjit, hence the family was not facing any financial trouble.
Based on the statement of Rekha and others, Anandnagar police have started their investigation.