RBI officer jumps to death at BKC

A 51-year-old deputy general manager of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) committed suicide by jumping from his office at BKC on Wednesday afternoon.

S K Pattnaik handled the inspection department and was in his eighth-floor office in the RBI building. A bank employee said, “At lunch time, around 1.30 pm, he was in the office gallery when he suddenly jumped out.”

Pattnaik sustained multiple injuries and died on the spot. The bank informed his family in Goregaon and the police about the incident. The statements of the staff were recorded and the body was sent for post-mortem .

Pattnaik’s wife Reeta and two sons, Aditya and Anshuman , rushed to the hospital after learning about the incident. They, however, refused to talk to the media.

The police found a suicide note in Pattnaik’s pocket , in which he wrote that no one was to be held responsible for his death. The note had his signature on it.

Pattnaik used to work at RBI’s Fort office before being shifted to BKC. Sources said Pattnaik had an accident a year ago and sustained leg injuries, which turned gangrenous. He stayed at home for 10 months and resumed duty recently. He used to find the pain unbearable , the sources said.

The police suspected that Pattnaik was depressed and were trying to find out if any official or personal matter drove him to suicide. RBI chief general manager Alpana Killawala said the police were probing the case. “We will come to a conclusion after recording his family’s statements,” said senior inspector R Pereira.

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