A Bethany Hospital patient in Shillong killed himself by jumping off the window of his ward on Tuesday morning

Shillong: In an untoward incident on Tuesday morning, a 26-year-old man jumped off the window of his ward at Bethany Hospital in Shillong, the capital town of Meghalaya.

While Bethany Hospital in Shillong was immediately sealed after the state reported its first COVID-19 positive case — a senior doctor of the hospital — the incident has raised several questions.

However, East Khasi Hills district SP CA Lyngwa said that the man was admitted to Bethany Hospital on March 30 and had no connection with recent events over the state’s first COVID-19 patient.

“He was admitted to Bethany Hospital on March 30 as he was a drug addict and needed psychiatric care. There is nothing to relate his suicide with recent events regarding COVID-19 and the public are advised to refrain from spreading any misinformation /rumours regarding the same,” said Lyngwa.

The deceased was a resident of Mawkyrwat South West Khasi Hills. He committed suicide by jumping off the window of his ward into a stream flowing next to Bethany Hospital, said the police.

When asked, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma also confirmed the same.

“The case has nothing to do with coronavirus. The individual who committed suicide was a substance abuser and he was there for rehabilitation. He also had some psychiatric problems and in all likelihood, the suicide was related to maybe withdrawal symptoms. It has nothing to do with the case of the virus,” added Sangma.

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