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Depressed youth sets himself on fire at Salt Lake residence

Depressed youth sets himself on fire at Salt Lake residence

Kolkata: A youth reportedly committed suicide by setting himself on fire early on Sunday morning at BF block in Salt Lake. His family members claimed that the youth, identified as Adhip Mukherjee, was suffering from mental depression.

According to police, on Sunday at around 5:30 am, one Shaonli Majumdar, a resident of BF-39, saw flames coming out of a window at the first floor of BF-53, which is located just opposite her house. Immediately, she rushed there and alerted the house owner Vivekananda Chakraborty, who along with his wife Sunayana immediately went upstairs. They found that fire had broken out at the room where their nephew resides.

Seeing no other way, Vivekananda broke the door and found Mukherjee lying on the floor in burnt condition. After having a close look, they understood that he was already dead. The Bidhannagar North police station was informed immediately.

Later, police recovered the body and searched Mukherjee's room. During the search, a four-page suicide note was recovered. In the note, it was written that he did not want to live anymore as he was feeling alone in this world. Mukherjee had also mentioned who is going to be the owner of the property belonging to him.

During questioning, Sunayana and Vivekananda stated that Mukherjee had tried to commit suicide twice earlier. During July last year when he went to Frasergunj at Bakkhali in South 24-Parganas, he reportedly tried to commit suicide by jumping into the ocean but was rescued by the locals.

Mukherjee had been suffering from depression since 2005, when his father passed away. The situation got worse after his mother died in 2016. Since then, he had been staying with his aunt's family. He was also going through psychiatric treatment for depression. But recently, he stopped taking his medication. An Unnatural Death case has been registered at Bidhannagar North police station.

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