In a shocking development, Prof N S Ashok Kumar, a 64-year-old retired department head and dean at the University of Bangalore allegedly hanged himself at his BTM layout residence. The police said that he was found dead by family members around 6 a.m. in his reading room.
As per the police, he spoke to his wife at midnight on Saturday and went inside the reading room. His wife woke up on Sunday and was not able to find him. She was checking the reading room where he had been found dead.
Police find suicide note; donates eyes
The police have said that they have yet to determine the reason behind the death. A suicide note has been found but the deceased professor has not blamed anyone. "He wrote a note in a few words in English. Kumar also requested that his eyes are donated and his body given away to a hospital. While his eyes have been donated, it was not possible to donate his body as it underwent autopsy," quoted The Times of India a police officer as saying.
However, his former colleagues allegedly said that he had developed the desire to become a vice-chancellor. The family of Prof Kumar said he had no family or health-related problems.
NSUI alleges conspiracy
The student wing of Congress, National Student Union of India (NSUI) has alleged that the professor took his life after being overlooked for the post of vice-chancellor. Alleging corruption in the appointment of VC, NSUI blamed Deputy CM of Karnataka, Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N, and demanded a high-level probe, reports suggest. NSUI further alleged that the post of VC is offered to the highest bidder.
After serving as head of the Department of Mass Communication at the Jnanabharathi Campus of Bangalore University, Kumar who is also a Fulbright Fellow retired in 2018. Prior to this role, he was Dean of the Department of Electronic Media of the Varsity.