Social media users are mourning the death of a witty Twitter handler who allegedly committed suicide by jumping off a water tank in Ghaziabad's Tronica City on 28 March, a day after he went missing from New Delhi.
The police confirmed the death of @AapChu**yeHain Twitter account handler Akhil Mehta last Saturday. They said he killed himself on the morning of 28 March and his body was cremated on 31 March.
"We were alerted about the incident by some local women. When we reached the spot, they told us that the boy walked down the pushta near the tank and climbed very briskly to the top. Before they could react, he jumped off from it. He was killed almost instantaneously. No one seemed to have known him in the area. We sent the body for an autopsy following the inquest. The body was cremated on March 31. An entry about the incident has been registered in the general diary. No FIR has been lodged," The Times of India quoted Tronica City police station SHO Avdesh Kumar Yadav as saying.
Ghaziabad SSP Dharmendra Yadav said that his family came to know about his death after they got to know that the person who committed suicide could be Akhil.
"Parents and relatives had visited the police station after getting a tip-off that the man who had jumped to death could be Akhil. At the police station, they matched photos of Akhil with that of the deceased which had been circulated on WhatsApp by the local police station. They were convinced the deceased was their son," Yadav said.
A day before the 27-year-old was found dead in Ghaziabad, his friends and family started a page on Facebook – Finding Akhil Mehta – Tillu – seeking help from the online community to find him.
According to Facebook and Twitter posts, Akhil, who was an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (Goa Campus), allegedly committed suicide due to depression.
"It's extremely heartbreaking for us to say that, Akhil is no more with us. It's very unfortunate to have lost him at such a young age, allegedly, to depression. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. May God give them comfort and peace in this difficult time and his soul may rest in peace," according to a Facebook post.
His uncle Jitendra Mehta agreed that Akhil was depressed but added he was not not aware of the reason behind Akhil's decision to end his life. "He worked with a consultancy in Mumbai before starting his own business in Delhi. He was under treatment for depression," Jitendra told TOI.
Mehta's sudden death has left thousands of his followers grieving. His Twitter account #हिंदीहैशटैगडे was followed by over 52,000 Twitter users, many of whom are finding it hard to believe that a person who made others laugh was under depression and had to resort to suicide.
While expressing grief, many have posted messsages on the need to fight depression.
The one who brought smiles to so many faces has itself ceased to smile! RIP Akhil Mehta. Admin of @AapChutiyeHain
— Vivek (@VivekGajjala) April 13, 2015
— Nabeel Rizvi (@nabz_rizvi) April 13, 2015
Rest in peace, @aapchutiyehain. A hushed sigh here, a muted wail there, a status of grieve , a jab of sorrow. Hope you find peace.
— Agasthiya Jaiswal (@Jaiswalism) April 10, 2015
To @AapChutiyeHain. One of the few handles on Twitter that was funny without being outright nasty to people. Thank you for the laughs.
— Aditi Mittal (@awryaditi) April 11, 2015
— Lopamudra Ghatak (@cyclopsee) April 11, 2015
— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) April 10, 2015