Founder of Shankar IAS academy commits suicide
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
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.
Students outside the academy at Anna Nagar on Friday |