TN software engineer found dead, latest video alleges harassment by BJP member

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In a video found on the deceased’s phone, he is heard saying that two people – one of whom was allegedly a BJP member – were behind his decision.

In a suspected suicide, a man was found dead on the railway tracks near Pavoorchatram in Tenkasi district of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday April 19. Police then found two videos on the 30-year-old’s phone, in which he named two people as responsible for his death, one of whom is a BJP member. According to the railway police, the deceased was identified as Subramaniam, who was a software engineer by profession. Subramaniam had alleged that the two people he named in the videos harassed him about various issues, both professional and private, for two and a half years.

In one of the videos found on his phone, Subramaniam, who appears to be speaking from his car, is heard saying he may not be alive when the video comes out. In the video, which is addressed to his wife, Subramaniam alleges that two people – Ramalingam and Saravanarajramachandran – are solely responsible for his death. We learn that Subramaniam’s company was going through a difficult period. “Ramalingam is a BJP [member]; he says he is a lawyer. My problems are known to everyone, including the legal notices he sent to me and my company. He wanted me to do a project for him for free, but I asked for money for it. So he has been torturing me for 2.5 years,” Subramanian was heard saying.

In the video, Subramaniam also claimed that Saravanarajramachandran harassed him, as the latter apparently alleged that Subramaniam hacked into his phone. “The government, MK Stalin, Annamalai IPS should take this into account and have them punished,” Subramaniam said.

In the second video, Subramaniam is heard asking his wife to take care of their two-year-old child. “He (Ramalingam) has the arrogance to be able to do anything since he is a lawyer. He could torture us. He has been doing this for 2.5 years. I couldn’t focus on my career and I think that will be a good lesson for him,” he said. It is believed that he committed suicide after recording the video.

Railway Deputy Inspector Ravichandran, who is investigating the case, told TNM that the veracity of the allegations in the videos is under review. He added that further measures will be taken accordingly. Further details of the investigation are awaited.

If you know someone who has mental health issues or is feeling suicidal, please provide help. Here are some hotline numbers for suicide prevention organizations that can offer emotional support to individuals and families.

Tamil Nadu

State Health Department Suicide Hotline: 104

Sneha Suicide Prevention Center – 044-24640050 (listed as the only suicide prevention hotline in Tamil Nadu)

Andhra Pradesh

Suicide prevention: 78930 78930

Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584

Karnataka

Sahaï (24 hours a day): 080 65000111, 080 65000222

Kerala

Maitri: 0484 2540530

Chaitram: 0484 2361161

Both are 24 hour helpline numbers.

Telangana

State Government Suicide Prevention (toll-free): 104

Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200

SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Aasara provides support for individuals and families during an emotional crisis, those dealing with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, and those experiencing trauma following the suicide of a loved one.

24/7 hotline: 9820466726

Click here to access helplines across India.

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