Founder of Shankar IAS academy com­mits sui­cide

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

SHANKAR De­vara­jan, 45, founder and CEO of Shankar IAS Academy, al­legedly killed him­self by hang­ing at his res­i­dence in My­la­pore on Thurs­day night over some do­mes­tic dis­pute.

Po­lice said Shankar had a fight with his wife Vaish­navi on Thurs­day night. “Af­ter that, Vaish­navi left the house and in­formed a friend about the fight. Later, the friend, who came home to talk to Shankar, found him dead,” said a po­lice source.

The friend im­me­di­ately in­formed the po­lice who, in turn, rushed him to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal where he was de­clared brought dead. Later, his body was moved to the Roy­apet­tah Govern­ment Hos­pi­tal for au­topsy. The body was then handed over to the fam­ily.

Af­ter the news of Shankar’s death spread on so­cial net­work­ing sites, his stu­dents ex­pressed shock and con­veyed their con­do­lences.

Shankar, a na­tive of Tiruchen­gode in Na­makkal district, as­pired to be­come as IAS of­fi­cer. As he ex­hausted all his at­tempts at the civil ser­vices ex­ams, he be­gan men­tor­ing hun­dreds of stu­dents and launched his academy in Anna Na­gar in 2004. He even men­tored his sis­ter who is now an IAS of­fi­cer. Shankar is sur­vived by his wife and two daugh­ters aged 11 and 6.

If in dis­tress or hav­ing sui­ci­dal thoughts, call 104 for the health de­part­ment’s helpline that of­fers coun­selling or 04424640050 for Sneha sui­cide helpline.

Af­ter a fight, his wife left the house and in­formed a friend about it. Later, the friend, who came home to talk to Shankar, found him dead

Po­lice of­fi­cial

Lead­ers con­dole death of ‘guru’

VAR­I­OUS po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, in­clud­ing DMK pres­i­dent MK Stalin, have con­doled the death of Shankar.

Stalin said he was shocked over Shankar’s death. He was the guru for lakhs of as­pi­rants want­ing to be­come IAS and IPS of­fi­cers. It was a big loss to stu­dents from ru­ral ar­eas. He con­veyed his con­do­lences to the fam­ily mem­bers and stu­dents.

State BJP pres­i­dent Tamil­i­sai Soundarara­jan and An­bu­mani Ra­ma­doss, Dharmapuri MP, have also con­doled Shankar’s death.

P JAWAHAR

Stu­dents out­side the academy at Anna Na­gar on Fri­day |

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