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Failed marriage drove Buxar DM to kill self on Gzb railway tracks

| | New Delhi/Patna

Though police are yet to unravel mystery behind the suicide of 2012-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer Mukesh Pandey near Ghaziabad on Thursday late evening, purported suicide note recovered from his hotel room has indicated that the Buxar District Magistrate(DM) was under tremendous mental pressure due to family feud and a failed marriage.

Pandey had been appointed DM of Buxar only a week back and it was his first posting as District Magistrate after being promoted from Deputy Development Commissioner of Katihar.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed his deep sorrow over the tragic end of a “good and sensitive officer”.

Pandey’s body was found on the railway tracks about one km from the Ghaziabad railway station. Police said Pandey was identified from official documents found on the body.

A note was also found on him with mention of a “detailed suicide note” in his bag at a hotel room.

“I am committing suicide in district centre area of Janakpuri in west Delhi...by jumping off the 10th floor of the building. I am fed up with life and my belief in human existence has gone. My detailed suicide note is kept in a Nike bag in room 742 of Leela Palace Hotel in Delhi. I am sorry, I love you all! Please forgive me,” said the note.

Police traced the detailed suicide note in the room.

The signed suicide note gave some names and mobile numbers to be informed about his death. The names included his father-in-law Rakesh Kumar Singh who is Bihar’s famous businessman and runs a big automobile showroom in downtown Patna.

A senior Delhi Police official said that police received information from his friends that Pandey would commit suicide.

A police team was sent to the hotel but his room was found locked. He had already left from there. Sarojini Nagar police then informed their colleagues in Janakpuri who reached District Centre looking for the officer.

The CCTV footage of the District Centre was scanned that showed the officer leaving from there. He was further seen boarding a train at Janakpuri Metro station.

“After information, we launched a search. At night, we got information that a body was found on the railway tracks in Ghaziabad. We had sent our officials there,” said Chinmoy Biswal, additional DCP (South).

After the officer was found dead, the Sarojini Nagar police unlocked his hotel room and found his backpack that contained a small notebook and his clothes.

The police recovered a detailed suicide letter written on four pages of a notebook. Police sources said he allegedly mentioned about his strained married life in the letter.

They said he also wrote about his two-and-half-month-old daughter.

“A postmortem is being conducted in Ghaziabad. On receipt of their report, further action will be taken,” said Biswal.

Pandey’s marriage with Ayushi was solemnised in a posh hotel in Patna soon after he became an IAS officer. Sources said it was a big fat marriage but the couple had never been happy. The relations turned so sour that his wife left his home to live with her parents. Her father had involved her in his business to keep her busy. The couple has a two and half month old girl child.

Originally hailing from Chhapra in Saran district, Pandey did his education in Guwahati where his father Sudheshwar Pandey was posted. His parents still live in Chhapra. In his second attempt in the UPSC exam, he got All India ranking of 14, which was a record for a candidate from North East.

At the automobile showroom and house of Pandey’s father Rakesh Singh, no family member was available to say anything.

It was reported that Singh with his daughter and other family members left, possibly for Delhi, soon after getting the tragic news.



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