IAS Officer Found Dead On Ghaziabad Railway Tracks:- Barely a week after taking charge as the top official, district magistrate of Bihar’s Buxar district, a 29-year-old IAS officer allegedly committed suicide by coming under a train in Ghaziabad, police said on Friday.
The official, identified as Mukesh Pandey, a resident of Bihar’s Saran district. He is survived by his wife and a two-month-old daughter. Pandey’s body was found with the head severed from the torso on the rail 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 out of my own volition...,” police said quoting Pandey’s handwritten note found on the body.
In the note it was written that Pandey, was fed up with his life and lost his “belief on human existence”.
“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 on human existence has gone, my suicide note is kept in a Nike bag in room 742 of a five-star (name withheld) hotel in Delhi. I am sorry, I love you all! Please forgive me,” said the note, according to Senior Superintendent of Police HN Singh.
Pandey had checked into the posh Leela Palace Hotel in Delhi during the day on Thursday. It appears that Pandey has suicidal tendencies for quite sometime. Shortly before ending his life, he spoke to a friend and told him that he was going to jump from the 10th floor of a building in Janakpuri area of Delhi. His alarmed friend immediately alerted the police, who went on a wildgoose chase in the area. However, Pandey seemed to have had other ideas. He went to Ghaziabad and ended his life.
His body was recovered from the railway tracks at around 9 pm by a team of Government Railway Police (GRP), who reached the spot, near Kotgaon. The officials said prime facie it appeared a case of suicide. The Senior officials of Ghaziabad district administration also reached the spot.
“We have informed his family and roped in forensic teams to collect evidence from the incident spot,” said Ghaziabad Ghaziabad district magistrate Ministhy S.
In a condolence message, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar described Pandey as a “efficient administrator and sensitive officer”.
Pandey secured the all-India 14th position in the 2012 Union Public Service Examination (UPSC), considered among the toughest competitive exams in India to select the country’s top officials. He was earlier posted as deputy development commissioner at Katihar. His first posting was as sub-divisional officer, Balia, in Bihar’s Begusarai district. After his matriculation and higher secondary education in Assam, Pandey graduated in English from Guwahati’s prestigious Cotton College.