An employee of a public sector bank in Uttar Pradesh Ayodhya, was reported to have died by suicide on Saturday, 30 October. The woman, identified as Shraddha Gupta, an employee of the Punjab National Bank, hung herself from the ceiling of her home.
However, Shraddha’s feet were reportedly on the ground and were bent. Hence, the police are also investigating a murder corner and are waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain the cause of her death.
A letter purported to be her “suicide note”, which was mentioned by an Israeli Prison Service officer, was recovered from the room. The letter was reportedly named by Ashish Tiwari, who worked for the social protection program in Ayodhya, the woman’s ex-fiancée Vivek Gupta, and Anil Rawat of Faizabad police. However, it was not clear what they were accused of.
According to the police, Shraddha Gupta joined the bank in 2015 as an employee and passed departmental exams and got a promotion. It was published in Faizabad in 2018. They said that Gupta, who was not married, was from Rajajipuram locality in Lucknow and had been visiting her family occasionally.
Ayodhya Police have arrested Vivek Gupta for questioning and registered a case, under Section 306 (Incitement to Suicide) of the Indian Penal Code, against Ashish Tiwari and three others in Ayodhya Kotwali.
Ayodhya Range IG KP Singh said Ashish Tiwari’s role in the case will be investigated. “The suicide note will be closely examined,” he said.
Shraddha’s mother Sneita claimed that her daughter found out about Anil’s affairs with several other girls. “That is why my daughter refused to marry him,” she said. Deep, Shraddha’s cousin said, “The three people named in the suicide note had harassed her so much that she took the extreme step. Anil and Ashish are Vivek’s friends.”
Police said that this morning when her milk knocked on her door, there was no response. Then tell Malik Gupta. When she did not open the door, they peeked out of the side window and found it hanging.
Ayodhya SSP Sailesh Pandey said, “We received a call that the woman did not open the door despite repeated knocks. We broke the door and entered the house to find her hanging from the ceiling with a dupatta wrapped around her neck.”
The body was sent for autopsy.
Samajwadi Party Chairman Akhilesh Yadav wrote on Twitter that the involvement of a prison service employee in the case is a serious problem. “The way a PNB employee in Ayodhya has made direct accusations to the police personnel in her suicide note is a bitter truth about the poor state of law and order in Uttar Pradesh. It is an issue so serious that even the name of an IPS officer is surfacing. This.. there should be A high-level judicial investigation.
– Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) October 30, 2021
(With input from Banbir Singh and PTI)