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November 20, 2013
Bengaluru: While there were several theories behind the incident including the whether chain snatchers set him ablaze, police investigating the mysterious death of 22-year-old medical student Sai Prasad Kameshwara have grown to believe that it could be a case of suicide.
Though police have homed in on Kameshwara’s recent treatment for depression, which may have led him to take his own life.
There were several theories behind the incident – Did the chain snatchers set him ablaze?; Was the murder committed by locals who opposed his relationship with a girl from their neighbourhood? Or did he have enemies who grudged his support of Telengana?
The police, who worked on all these angles, have ruled out the Telangana version. They also found he was not in touch with any girls. Also, chain snatchers have never been known to set someone ablaze before.
Having probed these angles, police suspect Kameshwara may have ended his own life. A senior police officer, on condition of anonymity, said Kameshwara was soft-spoken and pious. “He was in a depression.
Though his track record is good, his attendance to class had been irregular over the last six months.
He had also met a psychiatrist twice and was under medication for depression. He downloaded many e-books, most of which were about death. His family had no idea about any of this,” the officer said.
“Moreover, investigations by various teams have not uncovered anything that could lead us to suspect a dispute, romance, or any other cause for murder. We have not given up on the case but, at the same time, do not rule the possibility of suicide,” the officer added.
Meanwhile, police still haven’t determined whether petrol or kerosene was used. “We have sent the evidence to the forensic science laboratory. Also, his mobile phone has been missing since the day of the incident. We are trying to trace it,” the officer said.
However, Kolar SP Ram Niwas Sepat told Deccan Chronicle that he could not jump to conclusions until the investigation is complete.