Balangir: A 45-year-old Junior Lecturer of Odia department of Rajendra (Autonomous) College, was found hanging in his rented house in Balangir. It is being suspected that the fear of contracting the novel coronavirus pushed the man to take the extreme step.
The deceased has been identified as Prakash Chandra Sahoo. He stayed at his rented house in Alok Nagar along with his wife and son. While the family hails from Mirjakud in Boudh district, Sahoo has been employed at the college for the last nine years.
A few days ago, Prakash was diagnosed with diabetes. While he was still coming to terms with his health issue, the lecturer had a fever and other flu-related symptoms; informed his family to police.
They added that Prakash was under deep mental anguish that his symptoms were actually that of the novel coronavirus. Last night he even forced his wife and son to sleep in another room so that they do not contract the deadly virus.
Today morning he was found hanging in his room. The family suspect that the fear of coronavirus forced the lecturer to take his own life.
The family immediately alerted the Balangir Town police who then rushed to the scene along with a forensic team. A probe is underway.