‘Godman’ booked over engineer suicide

Police said Sharma hails from Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu area. (File)

Three months after the suicide of a 27-year-old engineer in Ghaziabad, a self-styled godman has been booked for alleged abetment.
On August 20, Swapnil Singh allegedly jumped off the balcony from his seventh floor apartment in Mahagun Society.

His family told police that he had said “Mujhe baba se milna hai (I want to meet the baba)” before jumping to his death. While the family did not wish to pursue police action in the case, they recently approached Vijay Nagar police station with fresh evidence.

“A self-styled godman named Manoj Kumar Sharma has been booked under IPC section 306 (abetment of suicide). It appears the family found Swapnil’s links to Sharma , and believe his teachings allegedly pushed him towards suicide. Teams are being sent to question Sharma and an arrest will be made accordingly...,” said an officer from Vijay Nagar police station.

Police said Sharma hails from Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu area. Police have so far not found any evidence of Swapnil having met him in person. Staying in touch with him on WhatsApp, Swapnil would allegedly watch Sharma’s videos on social media, claimed police. Police said the Cyber Cell is working on data from his mobile and computer to gather more details of their association.

Swapnil’s family told police that days before he committed suicide, he had become withdrawn and would not interact with family members. He also visited Haridwar prior to his death, his family claimed, adding that his eating habits had changed and that he would speak to Sharma on WhatsApp for hours.