Delhi Metro employee commits suicide, streams it live on Facebook

The Facebook live stream showed him climbing atop a cooler, wearing Delhi Metro's uniform.


An employee of the Delhi Metro allegedly committed suicide on Sunday by hanging himself at his rented house and streamed it live on Facebook, police said. The victim, 27-year-old Shubhankar Chakraborty, hailed from North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, they said.

No suicide note was found from his house in east Delhi's Shahdara where he was found hanging from a hook in the ceiling with a plastic wire around his neck, they said.

Chakraborty had a fight with his father who visited him two days ago. However, it is being ascertained if he took the extreme step due to the fight. No one has raised any suspicion on the death, police said.

The Facebook live stream purportedly showed him climbing atop a cooler, wearing Delhi Metro's uniform. He looked into the camera a couple of times, kissed his company identity card twice before taking his life. A mobile phone kept buzzing in the background as he allegedly hung himself.

Delhi Metro employee commits suicide, streams it live on Facebook

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"He had joined the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in June and was a staffer in the Electrical and Maintenance Department," a source said.

Suryakant Das, a friend of Chakraborty, informed Farsh Bazar police station around 9.05 am about the incident, according to the police.

In his police statement, Das said his friend Akash informed him around 8 am that he had seen a live video of Shubhankar in which he was seen hanging himself from the ceiling fan hook of the room.

Das then informed another friend Rajender Ojha and when they reached his house, the room was shut from inside. When they peeped through a window, they noticed that Shubhankar was hanging, the statement said.

The family has been informed and the body has been shifted to Subzi Mandi mortuary, police said. Shubhankar has a sister who is married. His wife resides in West Bengal and his mother died 16 years back, they added.
Suicide prevention hotline number: 1-800-273-8255

Suicide prevention website: www.nimh.nih.gov

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