A 26-year-old man, who caused a flutter by strolling around Anna Salai shirtless and claimed before police that his parents were murdered on Monday morning, jumped off the third floor of Spencer Plaza hours later and succumbed to injuries in the hospital.
The deceased was reportedly depressed and had refused to allow doctors to treat him.
Police said that the man, Kishore Kumar, who claimed to be a B Com graduate, was found walking around shirtless on Anna Salai on Monday morning and was taken to the local police station.
He told the police that his parents had been murdered at his residence in Sevvapet around 9 am. Alarmed, the police contacted their Tiruvallur counterparts to verify his claim. However, it was found to be untrue. Kishore’s other claim of working as an accountant at a bookstore in Nungambakkam was also found to be false after verification.
Police officials pacified him after noticing that he looked depressed and restless. Kishore did not have any cash in his wallet and possessed only an ATM card, PAN card, voter id and a ticket from Veppampattu to Chennai.
Kishore remained calm after inspector Murugesan of Anna Salai Police Station bought him breakfast and tea. He also gave him a shirt and `50 for a bus ticket.
When police asked Kishore whether he needed someone to escort him home, he told them that he was alright and insisted that he could go home on his own. However, he soon walked into Spencer Plaza, where he loitered for a while.
Around 12.45 pm, Kishore jumped off a railing outside an escalator near the mall’s food court on the third floor. He was rushed to the Government Royapettah Hospital.
At the hospital, Kishore told Thousand Lights inspector Kandavelu that he jumped “just for fun.” Besides, he did not allow doctors to treat him and died within hours after being admitted.
Police got his address from his wallet and are awaiting details from the Tiruvallur Police about his family.
Meanwhile, at Spencer Plaza security guards were busy clearing onlookers from near the railings. One of the guards wondered how they would be able to identify someone who was suicidal.