Sunday, Aug 07, 2022

COVID-19 Positive Journalist Kills Self By Jumping Off AIIMS Building In Delhi

The journalist worked with a Hindi daily and was a resident of northeast Delhi's Bhajanpura.

A view of AIIMS where a coronavirus-positive journalist killed himself by jumping off the roof of the building, in New Delhi. PTI Photo

A 37-year-old journalist undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at the AIIMS Trauma Centre died after allegedly jumping off the fourth floor of the hospital building on Monday afternoon, police said.

The journalist worked with a Hindi daily and was a resident of northeast Delhi's Bhajanpura, they said.

As per the official statement by AIIMS, the journalist was "having bouts of disorientation for which he was seen by a neurologist and psychiatrist and put on medication". At around 1.55 PM on Monday, the 37-year-old scribe ran out of the room where he was admitted and went to the fourth floor where he broke a window pane and jumped out, the statement said.   

He was later rushed to the hospital's ICU where doctors tried to revive him, a doctor said on condition of anonymity.

Messages doing the rounds on social media allege that the journalist claimed that his life was under threat. Outlook, however, cannot verify the authenticity of these claims. 

According to Devender Arya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest), the journalist was admitted to the COVID-19 ward at the Trauma Centre on June 24 after testing positive for the virus.

"He was admitted to AIIMS Trauma Centre on June 24 and was apparently shifted to a High Dependency unit at the hospital. He was admitted on the first floor," a source at AIIMS said.

He had undergone a surgery for brain tumour recently, the doctor said.