By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Apr. 1: A Tibetan youth was found dead near McLeod Ganj town’s Bagsu road on Tuesday. The postmortem report by the police has ruled the death as suicide.
The deceased was found hanging from a water supply pipe near Bagsu road by a local who notified the authorities. The police later identified the youth as Sonam Falko, who lived at a rented house in Bagsu road since the last four months. The 26-year-old, a former student of TCV school was suffering from Tuberculosis since the last few years. He had no family in exile besides his younger brother and an uncle.
Dharamshala Settlement Officer Tenzin Kunga told Phayul that the deceased was “mentally disturbed” and was missing since the last few days. He also said that rumors of the deceased being infected with COVID-19 are false and without any basis.
Kunga said that as per new government directive following the outbreak of COVID-19, it is mandatory for any deaths to be reported to the local authorities including the Sub Divisional Magistrate and the Chief Medical Officer. All necessary formalities have been completed and the deceased cremated in the early hours of Wednesday, the SO further said.
In light of the ongoing lockdown, the settlement office in collaboration with a Dharamshala based NGO, LHA social service has been extending support to local elders and the needy with groceries and other essentials. The office has also opened a community mess at Yongling School where locals who have no access to daily meals can eat for free.