Family members and friends of Manjunath, who committed suicide over confusion in his civil services examination result remember him as being a brave boy, studious and mature for his age.
The so said brave boy, an IAS is no more today after a mix-up in his UPSC results. Upset at finding a different name against his roll number in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) results, a 24-year-old IAS aspirant allegedly committed suicide in Coorg district, 250 km away from Bengaluru, on Friday.
Police said, Manjunath VY had committed suicide by hanging himself in an under construction building. The boy's father told police that his son had cleared the IAS exams recently, and secured 264th rank in the examination.
However, when the final results were out after the interview, Manjunath's roll number was on the list, but it appeared against someone else's name. Manjunath contacted UPSC officials and also wrote to them seeking clarification, but according to his family, there was no response.
A depressed Manjunath eventually took the extreme step. Superintendent of police, Coorg district, MN Anucheth told HT that the police were investigating the claims of the victim's parents.
"We have to verify facts. Now an unnatural death case has been registered," he said.
The family hails from Vanigere village in Kunigal. His mother V S Nagaratnamma is a housewife, and his two younger brothers Ramachandra and Madhu Yadav are pursuing their undergraduate studies in the City. The family lives in a single bedroom house in a narrow bylane in R Gopalaswamy Iyer Colony at Sriramapura.
Yadavamurthy, Manjunath's father, told that though he could not afford to send his children for higher studies, he did his best to provide good education to his sons. "Manjunath was a bright student. He took out an education loan of Rs 5 lakh and completed his engineering in Information Science from Jain College of Technology in Bangalore. After completing engineering in 2011, he took a break for a year and prepared for the civil service exams."
Yadavamurthy said Manjunath was passionate about civil services and toiled hard to realise his dream. "He prepared for the exams himself as we could not afford tuitions. He used to go to a nearby government library and study for almost 12 hours a day," he said.
Manjunath's uncle Gavisiddaiah said the family had raised a loan of Rs 30,000, and they all had gone to Delhi a week before his UPSC interview to be by his side. His mother remembers him bragging while returning from Delhi that this would be her last journey on the train and next time he would take her by a plane as all their lives would change for good. "He was very confident. But the results put him in a quandary," his uncle said.
Upset Father blames UPSC Now. Yadavamurthy said his son had taken the extreme step because of the callous attitude of the UPSC. "Even if they had clarified that my son had failed, he would not have bothered much. But all his queries were stonewalled," he said.
Manjunath's name was also misspelt in the UPSC preliminary examination hall ticket. Instead of Manjunath V Y, his name was spelt as Manjunath V V. Manjunath had then written to the UPSC and got his initials corrected, he said.