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Updated: July 3, 2013 10:05 IST

Cops await call records of techie who jumped to death

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Twenty-three-year-old D. Shanmugam, a software engineer, jumped from the third floor of Express Avenue mall on Monday. Photo: R. Ravindran
The Hindu Twenty-three-year-old D. Shanmugam, a software engineer, jumped from the third floor of Express Avenue mall on Monday. Photo: R. Ravindran

‘Please do me a favour. Don’t tell about the ‘girl’ to anyone. I will miss every one of you. Tell my parents that I love them’ — this was the last outgoing message, sent at 3.27 p.m., from the mobile phone of 23-year-old D. Shanmugam, the software engineer who jumped from the third floor of a shopping mall in the city on Monday.

According to the police, Shanmugam had met a friend at MEPZ on Monday noon.

“He was on the phone a lot, texting and talking to someone. When his friend asked him what was wrong, he said he was going to meet another friend and left the place. That was the last time Shanmugam was seen by an acquaintance,” said a police officer.

After this, he reached Express Avenue mall.

“His girlfriend is a fashion designer and they have known each other since 2007. We have asked the service provider for call records as he deleted all details from his mobile phone,” the police officer said.

A day after the incident, it was business as usual at the mall. Visitors walked about window shopping or sipping coffee. But the sight of a few policemen on the third floor aroused their curiosity.

Some were seen enquiring about Monday’s accident with the mall’s guards.

“I came to the mall with some friends. We were curious to see the spot from where the software engineer jumped. It was saddening to know he was just 23 years old,” said K. Viju, a college student.

A medical examiner was among those surveying the spot. He was brought by the police to establish the nature of the fall.

“Shanmugam’s skull and backbone were completely damaged when he was brought to the hospital. He must have hit something before landing on the ground,” said the officer.

Security tightened at mall

On Tuesday, the mall security personnel did not permit anybody to idle near the railings on any floor.

“We have stringent security measures in place. But when there is heavy rush from the multiplex on the topmost level, it is hard to monitor everybody,” said one of the guards.

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Though its true that no-one can stop or control other individuals life we can also be responsible enough to ensure that we deny them every little space and place to end their life, had the railings been higher/better the he might have checked at another location and when found after a long try, who knows? he might have changed his mind and returned to normal life.

Majority of those who plan suicide don't commit one actually, there are at-least a million things that can change their mind, lets deny their right to kill themselves and give them more time to think, we can definitely save more lives.

Thanks Hindu for following up this article and giving space to express.

from:  PSMAYO
Posted on: Jul 4, 2013 at 00:45 IST

Imagine if he had fallen on some innocent passerby or a child playing around, there by killing/maiming them in the process? Imagine he fell on someone you loved and killed them? Would you sympathize with that guy? If you want to kill yourself, please do so in non public places..

from:  P Kumar
Posted on: Jul 4, 2013 at 00:39 IST

seeking extra security and protection will not stop such things happening in future. Young and old alike must be mentally strong to withstand what challenges brings to one's life.
Hope we can all live peacefully in future. May I extend my condolence to the bereaving family and friends.

from:  Sundeep
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 17:28 IST

another young life snuffed even before it could blossom, very sad, my sympathies for the family of this boy , dont know about this unfortunate girl who is also mixed up in this sad events , my wishes to all youngsters to have the courage and strength to live life and learn to celebrate life in all its manifestations !! never give up please

from:  vinod
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 11:55 IST
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