‘May Turn To Black Fungus’: Mangaluru Couple Dies By Suicide Fearing Covid-19, Tests Negative Post-Death

A bizarre incident took place in Mangaluru where a couple committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan fearing coronavirus.

A bizarre incident took place in Mangaluru where a couple committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan fearing coronavirus.

The couple left a death note in which they mentioned that they had tested positive for COVID-19, a week ago and couldn’t withstand the symptoms because of which they were taking this extreme step, informed the police.  The deceased has been identified as Ramesh Suvarna and Guna who tested negative in the post-death Covid-19 test report.

The couple was in their mid-30s and reportedly committed suicide inside their flat in Chitrapura area’s Reheja Apartments. The couple left Rs 1 lakh along with the suicide note requesting the police to conduct their final rites. The couple had also called the Mangalore police commissioner N Shashi Kumar before dying and said they couldn’t bear the pain of coronavirus pandemic and had decided to kill themselves and they hold nobody responsible for the decision they are taking and soon they hung up the call.

The police commissioner repeatedly called them back but the couple did not pick the call. He also sent them voice messages on WhatsApp, asking them to refrain from the step.

When couldn’t find them over WhatsApp too, Kumar managed to trace their location and identified the couple and rushed them to the local to save them. But it was too late by then.

The couple’s suicide note read: “We have tested positive for Covid-19 and are worried that it might turn to black fungus. We are unable to fight Covid and if we get black fungus, we will die suffering. We can’t suffer, instead we decided to die without pain. We have kept Rs 1 lakh with this note. Please conduct our final rites and sell all our properties, assets and donate the money to old-age homes, orphanages and to the needy.”

The couple reportedly also called local RSS leader Sharan Pumpwell to inform him of their step.

On enquiring the neighbours, the couple never socialised with the apartment residents. The couple was in depression after repeated attempts to conceive, informed one of the neighbours.

“They were undergoing treatment to have a baby, but it did not work. They were sad and post-pandemic they isolated themselves. So we have no clue what happened to them,” a neighbour told the police.

According to the police, they have not found any government records to prove that the couple was Covid positive. Both were techies working with a private firm in Mangaluru.

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