Kalyani, Nov. 15: Gopal Saha (52), the personal assistant to Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswabidyalay’s (BCKV) vice chancellor professor Dharanidhar Patra was seriously injured when he allegedly made a suicide attempt by slashing several parts of his body with a shaving blade inside a toilet attached to the VC’s chamber at the university’s administrative building in Mohanpur on Thursday afternoon.
The incident occurred at around 2.30pm when the vice Chancellor went to his official residence to have lunch. At about 3pm the Patra returned to his chamber and found Saha lying in a pool of blood inside the toilet. VC Professor Patra with the help of his security staff and other officials rushed him to JNM hospital in Kalyani.
Saha sits in the ante chamber to the vice chancellor’s room, but uses his toilet in the block.
A doctor at JNM Hospital said, “There were around 30 slashing marks of injuries found all over the body of the patient which include deep injuries on both of his hands, legs, chest, neck, chin and other parts of the body. He suffered huge loss of blood as the slashed parts were stitched. His condition is quite serious”.
“In last week Saha visited the Medical Unit at the University when our medical officer advised him to visit a doctor because he was speaking inconsistently and appeared to be in deep depression. However, he apparently paid no heed to the advice” – A BCKV Official
“I found the patient in a deeply depressed state. He was speaking inconsistently and needs proper psychiatric treatment immediately”, the doctor added.
Saha, is a resident of Habra in North 24parganas. Till late in the evening no reason behind the apparent suicide attempt could be ascertained. Member of his family made no complaints about the incident except claiming that he was in depressing mood since his brother in law died a few days ago.
One of his colleagues at BCKV claimed that Saha was in last week advised by the medical officer of the University to attend a psychiatric. “In last week he visited the health centre at the University when our medical officer advised him to visit a doctor. But, he refused”, the BCKV official said.
Both university and JNM hospital authorities have informed police about the incident. A team of Haringhata police had also visited the spot later in the evening. But, no suicide note was found from the spot.
VC Professor Patra said, “I was shocked to see him in a pool of blood and soon took him to hospital. I have no idea as why he tried to end his life. But I found him in a very somber mood during past few days.”
Patra, however, refuted that any “mental pressure” on Saha as a possible reason behind his suicide attempt as a section of University officials alleged. “There was definitely no administrative pressure on him. He is a very good person and very expert in his work”, the VC said.