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Bizarre Suicide by Psychiatrist Mimics Patient Death

Posted Oct 02 2008 6:16pm

It was on February 14 when staff members at Pavlov Mental Hospital in Kolkata, India discovered the body of Dr. Dipankar Choudhury in the hospital duty room. The 52-year old psychiatrist had apparently strangled himself by tying his muffler to the door handle. The circumstances under which the body was found was identical to a suicide that had been committed by one of his patients in early January. A colleague reported that Dr. Choudhury had been shaken by his patient's suicide but there is no indication that his own suicide was pre-planned.

While he had been visibly depressed in the weeks leading up to his suicide, it is not known if he was on medication at the time of his death. The body was discovered after his wife contacted to hospital to express her concern over a call that he had made to her that evening. An alert was sounded after the duty room was found locked from the inside.

He is survived by his wife and three children and had been working at Pavlov Mental Hospital for three years.

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