Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 12:
A 48-year-old man, said to be mentally unstable, jumped to death from atop the nine-storey Directors’ Building, popularly known as ‘Natala’ in the Odisha Capital today.
The man fell face down on an elevated concrete structure on the third floor of the building in a pool of blood and died instantly.
As soon as the incident happened, the staff working on the third floor of the building ran to the windows to identify the man lying still on the floor. In next to no time, hundreds of curious onlookers gathered at the place.
The deceased has been identified as Pratap Chandra Swain, a native of Nilagiri in Balasore district who was employed as an assistant senior manager with Reliance in Surat.
Sources in the police said Swain, who was on a visit to his father-in-law’s house located in Unit-VIII area here, had come to the Unit I market with his family but sneaked out from there unknown to his family members. Minutes after, he was found dead at ‘Natala’, not very far from the Unit I market.
Though no suicide note was found from the spot where Swain was found dead, circumstantial evidence suggests it was a case of suicide. Among the articles found on the rooftop from where he jumped were a pair of footwear and a pack of cigarettes, police said.
Fire brigade personnel had to be pressed into service to recover Swain’s body perched on an extended concrete structure on the third floor.
An unnatural death (U/D) case has been registered and Swain’s body sent to the Capital Hospital for an autopsy.
“Investigation is on to ascertain the cause of the death. We are probing all possibilities, including the suicide angle,” said a police officer,