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Techie kills sister, attempts suicide, attacks cop

Pune: A 29-year-old alumnus of IIT Bombay strangled his younger sister to death and tried to kill himself at their Bavdhan flat on Wednesday morning. Police said Subhojit Basu, who is mentally unstable, had also tried to escape from a Sassoon General Hospital ward to which he was admitted, injuring a police constable in the process.

After murdering his sister Priyadarshini Basu (24) in their rented flat, Subhojit had tried to commit suicide by cutting his wrist. Some people saw him doing his and informed the matter to the police. He was still trying to cut his wrist when the police arrived at the flat. Their parents, who hail from Kolkata, are on their way to Pune.

The Bundgarden police said police constable Rajendra Thorve was injured while stopping Subhojit from escaping from the Sassoon Hospital ward. Subhojit was shifted to the hospital from the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital in Pimpri, where he was first admitted by the police.

"He has not yet given any reason for killing his sister... He had recently returned from the US and was staying at Priyadarshini's home. He was not working anywhere," said DCP Mahesh Patil (Zone III).

The Hinjewadi police have registered an offence of murder and attempt to suicide against Subhojit. The Bundgarden police have also registered a case against him for trying to flee from the hospital ward and injuring Thorve.

Priyadarshini, a graduate in microbiology and who did her post-graduation in hospitality and healthcare management in Pune University, was working with Greenpeace for the past two years as an outreach officer and was involved in raising funds for the organisation.

Her colleagues were shocked when they got to know of the incident. "Priyadarshini was an outgoing and diligent employee," said Parthasarathy Voottu, funding director, Greenpeace, from Bangalore. "I first met her in July 2008 and again saw her last month when she was in Bangalore for a training programme for two weeks. We knew that she had an elder brother -- an IIT alumnus -- who had returned from the US recently and was staying with her; she never mentioned that he was unstable."

Residents of upmarket Aparajita Society and Shinde Nagar in Bavdhan were also shocked by the incident. "I saw policemen near Aparajita Apartments during my morning walk. Though I didn't know her personally, I used to see her occasionally on way to work," said Govind Pujari, one of them.

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