Doctor found dead in New Delhi AIIMS, cause unknown — (Hindustan Times)

SSRI Ed note: New Delhi third-year resident doctor takes antidepressants, dies alone in room. Whether or not suicide unclear.

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Hindustan Times

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Updated: Mar 18, 2016 00:59 IST

A doctor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was found dead in his hostel room on Thursday. The police said he had not eaten for three days and had locked himself in. They found antidepressants and a used syringe in the room and are investigating whether he died of an overdose.

Friends of Kunal Gupta, 34, told the police the third-year junior resident doctor had been unwell and stopped going to the hospital. One friend saw Gupta lying face down on his bed at the off-campus hostel near Masjid Moth on Wednesday. Peering in from the window, he saw Gupta in the same position that evening. The next morning, he sensed something was amiss and informed his colleagues.

“We received a call from the hostel at 1030 AM Thursday after his colleagues knocked on his door and got no response. We broke the door open and found him dead,” a police officer said.

There were no external injuries on the body.

“His colleagues told us he was suffering from depression and being treated for it at the neurology department. He was on medication,” the officer said.

A forensic team took samples of medicines, including antidepressants, found in Gupta’s room.

The police have informed his family in Bihar and the body will be sent for post-mortem.