Pall of gloom descends on death of IAS officer

Henrietta Brewer
August 12, 2017

The police are analysing a two-page "suicide" note Buxar District Magistrate Mukesh Pandey left behind, to establish the sequence of events between his disappearance from a hotel in south Delhi to his death in Ghaziabad on Thursday night.

According to police, Pandey's body was found on the tracks about 1 km from the Ghaziabad railway station.

Officials of the Government Railway Police (GRP), who reached the spot, near Kotgaon here, said prima facie it appeared to be a case of suicide. Also, the alleged suicide note had details of a hotel room. Police did not reveal all the contents of the note but said it pointed to Pandey being depressed as a result of marital discord.The other note was found on his body.

The dead body has been sent for an autopsy. Upon receiving the message, his friend immediately informed the police. Further legal action would follow.

Apparently, earlier he had different plans for committing suicide which was interrupted by police searching him on the basis of his WhatsApp messages to friends. "I am sorry. I love you all! please forgive me!" He hailed from Chhapra district of Bihar and was recently posted to Buxar as district magistrate.

The twitter handler of IAS Association expressed condolence over the death of the IAS officer and tweeted, "Shocking news of sad & untimely demise of Mukesh Pandey, IAS, DM Buxar, Bihar".

Pandey had graduated from Cotton College and had secured the all-India 14th position in the 2012 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination.

"I am committing suicide in district centre area of Janakpuri in west jumping off the 10th floor of the building. At 9 PM, we got information that his body is found in Ghaziabad area", stated the police officer.

Before serving in Bihar's Buxar, Pandey had worked in Begusarai's Ballia sub-division as an SDM (sub-divisional magistrate) and in Bihar's Katihar as a DDC.

"When he could not be found, the CCTV footage was checked, in which the DM could be seen exiting the mall and heading towards a Metro station".

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