Suicide of a young IAS officer shocks one and all

The alleged suicide committed by a 2012-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer, Mukesh Kumar Pandey, has shocked his colleagues and peers. Their shock was as intense as the one they felt after the murder/death of another IAS officer Anurag Tiwari (belonging to the Karnataka cadre) months ago on the street of Lucknow.

Pandey allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at Ghaziabad railway station on June 10.
He had taken charge as Buxar District Magistrate over a week ago, on August 3. Transferred from Katihar where he was posted as deputy development commissioner (DDC), it was the 30-year-old’s first posting as DM. Some of Pandey’s colleagues who worked with him in Katihar believe that he might have taken his life owing to “family problems”.

While police have begun investigation into the matter, a suicide note purportedly found on Pandey’s body stated that he “is disappointed with life and has no faith in humanity”. Police said Pandey, in the note, has not blamed anyone and also left three mobile numbers.

The Delhi Police said the IAS officer had first reportedly planned to jump to death from a mall at Janakpuri but could not do so apparently due of the presence of private security guards and also some policemen. He had later taken a train for Ghaziabad. According to police, he had left for Delhi saying he wanted to meet his ailing maternal uncle. Pandey, who had not yet moved his luggage to his official house in Buxar, had handed over his charge to Buxar DDC.

Hailing from Chhapra in Bihar, Pandey is survived by his wife Ayushi, daughter of a Patna automobile businessman RK Singh, and a three-month-old daughter.

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