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Body of St. Stephen's prof found on railway tracks

Mother found dead at residence

Body of St. Stephens prof found on railway tracks

New Delhi: The decapitated body of a Delhi University professor was found on railway tracks and also his mother was found hanging from a ceiling fan with her mouth stuffed with cloth at their flat in Pitampura, police said on Sunday.

Allen Stanley (27), who hailed from Kottayam in Kerala, was found dead on tracks at Sarai Rohilla railway station on Saturday. Earlier during day, his mother Lissy (55) was found hanging at the flat in Ashiana Apartment, they said. Stanley was ad hoc professor at St Stephen's College, where he taught Philosophy and was also pursuing Phd from another institute. Police suspect that Stanley allegedly committed suicide after killing his mother. However, no suicide note was recovered with his body, but a note written in Malayalam was found at the flat. Police said they are probing all angles.

They have registered a murder case under section 302 of Indian Penal Code at Rani Bagh police station after they found his mother dead too at the flat.

The mother-son duo were in depression because of an abetment-to-suicide case pending against them in Kerala, and both were on anticipatory bail.

A few days ago, Stanley had shared about it with his friends who tried to convince him to not take any extreme step, a police officer said.

Stanley was living in Delhi for five years and his mother came to stay with him seven months ago.

Eye witnesses said Stanley was suicidal and they said he had told them five days ago that he had tried to force his mother to commit suicide but

she refused. Sources said that few notes were also recovered from the spot.

"We learnt about the tragic news this morning. We are in shock. I had interacted with him when we were speaking to teachers in the lead up to Delhi University Teachers' Association polls. We do not know what prompted him to take such a step. He was teaching Philosophy at the college," said professor Nandita Narain, who was Stanley's colleague at St Stephen's College.

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