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Updated: July 2, 2013 10:23 IST

Techie jumps to death at city mall

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A young IT professional jumped to his death on Monday at Express Avenue in Royapettah in full view of shoppers.

Around 3.27 p.m., 23-year-old D. Shanmugam of Cognizant Technologies jumped from the third floor of the mall on to the central hall.

Some shoppers took him to the Government Royapettah Hospital where he was declared ‘brought dead’.

Police suspect unrequited love to be the cause of the suicide.

Eyewitnesses said Shanmugam put his leg over the steel handle at the top of an escalator and jumped. They alleged that he was lying unattended for around 15 minutes.

Around 100 shoppers blocked Whites Road for nearly 30 minutes to protest the alleged delay by the mall authorities in shifting him to a hospital. They got into a heated argument with the police. Eventually, a police team led by Mohammed pacified the agitators and got them to disperse peacefully.

Shanmugam’s body has been sent for post-mortem. A case under Section 174 of IPC was filed by the Anna Salai police.

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I still don't understand why he did waste a good life for a love failure.

There are lots of things life which we aught to face boldly. Please share such things with you friends, parents (if they are friendly ) to give vent to your feelings..
I pray to god that such things never happen..

May his soul rest in peace...


from:  Deethu Krishnan
Posted on: Jul 4, 2013 at 18:08 IST


May his soul rest in peace.

But is it necessary? Is it the solution to all the problems? Well the answer will vary from person to person and countires to countries. (IPC punishes those who attempted and escaped death)

Suicide is considered as an act of cowardice whereas, in my point of view only the bravest can commit it. When mind gets wounded only time can heal it. Time will take time, but it will. I do not posses the right to order you what to do but, wish to give a suggestion. Please wait for a while and think hard before acting. We never had a reason to go on. We created it and we can create one more. Please think about it giving a try.

from:  Haron Rasheed Khan
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 12:27 IST

I fell in love madly when I was in school and in college and at work. But, ultimately married someone I wasn't all that interested it. I felt my life ended. But then, now I thank all the stars for I have never been happier! Life, has a way, meandering like a stream. Enjoy the journey, with all the twists and turns till you reach the ocean. Never think that only one person or one thing can ever give you happiness. Didn't we all love toys as children. But, do they bring happiness to us now? Just wait out the difficult turns in life. It will pass sooner than you imagine.

from:  P Kumar
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 16:28 IST

CTS just send out 12k engineers he may be one among them, hearing that all of sudden he may took wrong decision

from:  raj
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 15:12 IST

Youngsters shall understand that we do not get what we want in life -All
the times.They shall learn to convince themselves to find out an
alternative.Loosing life is not a solution.Human Life is very precious.

from:  Narayanan
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 14:45 IST

That a person even from a IT sector top co did that really is very trajic apart from unwanted..why the mall people could not provide any first aid(did they really have any?in the first place?)and why so much time was wasted before he could get medical aid really disturbs us all?modern life with all its attendant stress is nowadays taking a severe toll on youth more than other with all their gadgets,connection and sheer load of things to attend all the time..despite their apparent cool attire and manners they simply are not all cool inside which is what matters most in life..

from:  siva
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 13:04 IST

Can safety and security be provided for suicide cases??
I'm not in favor of the Mall authority.
The malls have a good railing to support a person who leans against it
to an extend. But for a person who is intentional and has stepped over
the railing knowing its fatal, this is suicidal.
People take most of the decision in haste and tend to go to extremes
knowing its fatal.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 11:31 IST

My son and I went to shopping in this mall at second floor when we heard a loud noise. Then
we wanted to know what happened but found people were looking from top to ground floor,
found this boy body on floor in face down position and bleeding from head. No one turned to
first aid or help otherwise. I didn't know what to do immediately either; but I went down to
ground floor (I think "Give First Aid" was in my thought), but by that time I reach there the
Mall staff carried him away to Hospital. I recall what sort of first aid could save him? Probably
head bandage to stop bleeding? CPR for resuscitation? But I learnt time matters.

CCTV footage can reveal if it was suicide case. Yet my questions: What kind of emergency
action plan must be in place in such malls? Who cares or regulates public safety in Chennai
Malls? Who's accountable for good maintenance of ERP arrangement? What sort of First Aid
or Medical Aid provision must be available in the Mall? What is the Law?

from:  Selva Prakash
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 10:13 IST

Very very disturbing. The present generation earns a lot, spends a lot, seemingly enjoys a lot, travels fast and alas, leaves the world in a great hurry. They seem to rush through life at great speed and disappear. There is much much more in life than mobile phones, I pads, SKPE, liquor and faded jeans. Parents, sociologists and religious leaders need to ponder and find ways to arrest the depressing trend and enlighten the younger generation.

from:  V. Vedagiri
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 09:53 IST

What a cowardly act !
Educated people should never commit suicide. He had a good job.
I feel sorry for his parents, who have brought him up with good education.

from:  Neddy
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 08:55 IST

Tragic ,may he rest in peace . But why do Police always suspect unreturned love ? People in IT industry can have many other reasons to complete suicide these days .

from:  vinayak
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 08:20 IST

Protesting against negligence is fine but why didn't the shoppers try and take him to a hospital.

from:  Srinivas Maganty
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 06:46 IST

Why shoppers expected mall authorities to rush the suicider to a
hospital.? They themselves could have as well taken him to hospital
for treatment. Most of them would have come for shopping in their 4
wheelerls.They could have done this on humanitarian grounds.

from:  thiagarajan sundararaman
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 05:53 IST

Fifteen minutes? Nice going..no police action? All bribe...

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 03:32 IST
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