Patient in GH commits suicide

R. Sujatha
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Baskaran was found hanging from the ceiling of a toilet in the Government General Hospital—Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
Baskaran was found hanging from the ceiling of a toilet in the Government General Hospital—Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

A 47-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the roof in a toilet at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, here on Monday.

Baskaran, alias Das, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday morning around 9 a.m. as an unknown victim of a train accident at Athipet Pudhu Nagar railway station. His family learnt of the accident from a relative, who told them that Baskaran had died. Baskaran's wife Shanthi and son Rampriyan (19), a student at Nandanam Arts College, tried to find him and had approached the Korukkupet police station. Rampriyan has a 21-year-old sister.

Baskaran worked as a load man. On Sunday, he had left for work and was trying to cross the railway platform when the train arrived. The force of the speeding train knocked him down and he fell between the track and the platform, according to the policeman at the hospital outpost, who took details of the accident on Sunday. Baskaran sustained fractures in the chest and right leg besides bruises and was admitted to the hospital.

By Sunday evening, the family had arrived to tend to Baskaran. “In the morning, my father was talking to us. Around 5.30 p.m., my mother went to buy tea for him and when she returned, there was no sign of him. For an hour she searched for him,” Rampriyan said.

A security guard at the hospital said that Baskaran had gone into the toilet and locked the door. Shanthi found her husband hanging from the ceiling of the toilet of emergency ward no. 201, with a bed sheet. The body was shifted to the mortuary around 10 p.m.

Over a year ago, an elderly man fell to death from the fifth floor of the hospital. The victim had opened a door that opened into a chute connecting to the ground floor sewage line and fallen in.

Last year, a man from Sri Lanka who was admitted to the hospital, committed suicide by hanging from a tree, as he had nobody to care from him, sources said.

According to police, there have been several such incidents over the years.




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