Bengaluru: Youth jumps before an approaching train after failing SSLC exams

Bengaluru: A teenager upset for failing in SSLC exams and being scolded by his mother attempted suicide by jumping off an approaching train at national College Station in Basavanagudi yesterday.

According to reports, Metro services between Nagasandra and Yelachenahalli were disrupted after the 18-year-old teenager Venugopal, jumped in front of an approaching train, TOI reports.

“Immediately, the train was stopped with emergency brakes. Action was taken to rescue the passenger and rush him to hospital,” said BLY Chavan, chief public relations officer, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL).

“The passenger had fallen in between the rails because of which he survived. Luckily, he was away from the 750 volts DC electricity line,” said the officials.

K Annamalai, DCP (south), said the teenager was upset after his family scolded him for failing SSLC exams.

“He had a fight on Thursday night with his mother. Immediately after the incident, police shifted him to Victoria Hospital from where he was taken to Nimhans.”

Venugopal is the eldest of the three sons of Gopalakrishna and Vasantha, who runs a tailoring shop named DK Tailors near Nettakallappa Circle.

The victim’s mother Vasantha talking to media said he had failed to clear SSLC the first time in 2016 and was unsuccessful in two attempts later.

“Recently, he had applied to write the exam again,” she said. “Though we had asked him to assist us in tailoring work, he had little interest and was always busy on the phone. He wakes up late every day. On Friday, too, he woke up at 9am. We argued about it and he left after breakfast at 10.30am, he was in a hurry’” she added.

While the auto driver who dropped Venugopal to the station said: “He and his friend hopped into my autorickshaw at RV College Road and asked me to take them to National College Metro station. They seemed to be in a hurry and asked me to drive fast.”

Thousands of passengers were stranded after Venugopal jumped off in front of an approaching train which disrupted the train services for more than 45 minutes.