BENGALURU:A 54-year-old plastic surgeon allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the 10th floor of his apartment building on Monday afternoon after returning home from the hospital. The deceased Ashok Raj Koul was working with Sparsh Hospital in Narayana Health City. The motive for the alleged suicide is yet to be established as no suicide note was found.
The police said that the incident took place in the afternoon at Sobha Daffodil apartment in HSR Layout. The doctor had returned from work at around noon. After parking his car, Koul went straight to the the 10th floor instead of going to his flat, which is located on the fifth floor, and allegedly jumped off the building.
Koul was married to Asha Kiran, an anaesthesiologist in a private hospital. They have two children, one in school while the other studies abroad.
Koul did not share any personal problems with his family or colleagues, police said. Koul’s wife suggested that he may have accidentally slipped and fallen to his death as there were no domestic problems but police beg to differ. “Based on preliminary investigations we are ruling out a case of accidental death. We also inspected the spot to check for any security lapses that could lead to accidental incidents,” a police officer said.
A 54-year-old plastic surgeon, Ashok Raj Koul, allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the 10th floor of his apartment building on Monday afternoon. He was working with the Sparsh Hospital in Narayana Health City.
CCTV footage shows Koul stepping into the 10th floor of his residence after parking his car. “We are examining his mobile phone records as part of the investigation,” the officer said.
It was the security guards who found Koul lying dead. They first heard a huge thud and rushed only to see Koul lying in a pool of blood. They quickly alerted his daughter who was inside the flat. Koul was rushed to a private hospital in HSR Layout where doctors declared him brought dead.
Speaking to Express, a spokesperson from Narayana Hrudayalaya said that Koul had come for duty in the morning and conducted two operations. He left the hospital around 11.30 am.
He had been working in the hospital since 2003 and had a good reputation, the spokesperson said, adding, “We are not aware of any personal or family issues as he never shared them with any of the staff.”