New Delhi: A 35-year-old man, who had returned to Chhattisgarh from Tamil Nadu and was under home quarantine, committed suicide on Monday, the police said. The man, a resident of Dhamtari district, was found hanging from a tree just a few kilometres away from his village. Also Read - Coronavirus: Youth, Who Committed Suicide by Jumping Off Delhi Hospital, Tests Negative
However, the police said, he did not have any symptoms of COVID-19. His wife had passed last year and as such, he was disturbed over her demise; he also has a son who lives in another village. Also Read - Coronavirus: Youth Suspected of Infection Commits Suicide by Jumping Off Delhi Hospital Building
The deceased, identified as Ganpat Markam, was found hanging from a tree near a pond by the locals. He used to work in Tamil Nadu and had returned to Chhattisgarh on March 20. Since he had a travel history-having returned from another state-he was advised by the Chhattisgarh health department on March 22 to stay at home for two weeks.
The chief medical officer told media that the a team of health officials visited him, everyday till March 29, for regular check-up and he didn’t show any symptom of flu or fever. A day later, he was found dead.
According to his neighbours, he was an alocholic as well as an ‘introvert.’ He was also reportedly upset due to home quarantine and violated it frequently, saying that he he’s healthy and doesn’t need quarantine.
In a similar case of COVID-19 linked suicide, a 23-year-old youth from Punjab, who had returned from Australia, committed suicide on March 18 by jumping off a building in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital over fears that he had contracted the infection. Days later, however, his test result came out to be negative.
There have been eight confirmed coronavirus cases in Chhattisgarh thus far.