Former IIT student climbs up water tank, threatens suicide

July 17th, 2008 - 10:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, July 17 (IANS) Kolkata’s twin city Howrah witnessed a high drama Thursday as a former Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur student climbed atop a 80-foot water tank and threatened to commit suicide. Rishab Mohon Agarwal (27), alias Ganesh, was first spotted sitting on the water tank around noon by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans at Tikiapara rail yard, about 10 km from here.

“We first saw the youth sitting on the spiral staircase of the tank. We immediately informed the local police and then the fire brigade,” RPF inspector Arun Kumar told reporters here.

He said it was yet unknown why the youth suddenly climbed atop the tank.

“When we tried to rescue him, he threatened that he will commit suicide and told the fire brigade officials to call his parents immediately. He provided the mobile number of his father, Vipul Mohan Agarwal to the fire officials,” Kumar said.

“After more than six hours of struggle, the youth was finally brought down by two fire brigade officials, Prabir Ghosh and Sukumar Ray, and handed over to his parents,” a police official said.

According to family sources, Rishab was a second-year engineering student of IIT-Kanpur when he suffered some mental trauma in 2001 and went into a state of depression. Later, he was taken to the US for treatment by his parents and stayed there for five years.

“After partial recovery, Rishab, who actually hails from Kanpur, was brought back to his Kolkata residence. He has been living with his family here for the past few years,” Rishab’s uncle B.K. Agarwal said.

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