An engineering graduate allegedly checked various methods of committing suicides on the internet before hanging himself at his flat in Choolaimedu here early on Tuesday.

George P. George (28), manager (corporate solutions group) in a private insurance company, took the extreme step after studying the pros and cons of hanging from a website that elaborates on suicides, investigators said.

According to police sources, George's friend could not reach him on his mobile phone till late on Monday night. She informed her brother Thomas Alex to check. When there was no response to calls, Alex forced open the main door and found George hanging from the ceiling.

His laptop had pages of a chapter that dealt with ‘hanging and strangulation.' It also explained the materials required for committing suicide by hanging, the type of knots, approximate time death could occur etc.

“Apparently, George made a few failed attempts with his belt and finally hanged with a rope. The method adopted by him is also explained in the Web page that was last left open…he used a handkerchief around the noose probably to alleviate the pain,” Sub-Inspector of Police (Choolaimedu) A. Veerasamy, who visited the scene, toldThe Hindu.

George graduated in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from a college at Tiruvallur. He had also done Post Graduation in Business Management from a reputed institution.

“His parents are living in New Delhi and we have informed them about the incident. No suicide note was found from the flat,” Mr. Veerasamy said.

The body was shifted to Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital for post-mortem. The Choolaimedu police have registered a case under Section 174 (unnatural death) and are investigating the circumstances that led to the suicide. The call details record of George's mobile phone would be perused, police sources said.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the insurance company said George was a good performer and had achieved targets for the year.

“He was very good at work and we are shocked to hear the news of his untimely death. We are extending all support to the bereaved family.”

Keywords: Student suicide