Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: An associate professor at St. Stephen's College allegedly committed suicide at his residence in Greater Kailash-I here on Tuesday.

Sixty-year-old Mahesh Chand Jain, a resident of M Block, was found lying in a pool of blood on the ground outside his house on Wednesday morning. He was declared brought dead at a hospital and the police were informed.

Suicide note

“A suicide note found in his pocket said he was depressed and thus taking the extreme step. The note said no one was to be blamed for his death. He had been suffering from depression for the past decade and was under treatment,” a senior police officer said.

Dr. Jain, who taught Chemistry, was last seen by his wife around 10 p.m.

“She then fell asleep while watching television and the professor probably jumped from a window on thesecond floor of his house sometime at night,” the officer said.

Recalling over a three-decade-old association of the professor with the institute, St. Stephen's College Dean Nandita Narain said: “He was an outstanding teacher and an upright person. Young teachers looked up to him. It is a great loss to the institute. He was depressed and not taking classes in the present semester that began in January. He last came to the college on February 15 to attend the Doha Debate Competition.”

The authorities declared a half-day on Wednesday after the news of his death reached the college.

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