Sholay ‘suicide attempt scene’ re-enacted on Utkal Univeristy campus
Bhubaneswar: In an incident straight out of Dharmendra’s suicide attempt scene in Bollywood blockbuster ‘Sholay’, high drama was witnessed on Utkal University campus after a youth climbed atop a building of the institute and threatened to commit suicide giving tense moments to the varsity authorities as well the rescue team.
The youth, identified as Subodh Barik of Praharajpur village under Pattamundai block in Kendrapara district, was rescued by Fire Services personnel after four-hour-long operation.
Barik climbed atop Parija Library building at around 9 am. On receiving information, around 50 Fire Service officials reached the spot and made all possible efforts to rescue him safely with the help of two sky lifts. Besides, a drone camera was used to keep a track on the movement of the youth. The officials first tried to convince him to help them in the rescue operation, but in vain. Instead, the youth threatened that he would jump off the building if anybody comes near him. Moreover, the youth refused to accept food offered by the rescue officials from the sky lift.
“One sky lift was engaged to divert his attention while another was used to rescue him. A drone camera was also used to keep an eye on his activities. Besides, a psychiatrist was there on the sky lift for counseling,” said an official of the varsity.
After toiling for over four hours, the Fire Services personnel managed to reach near the youth on the pretext of having conversation with him and later dragged him into sky lift. Barik was later taken to a hospital here for medical examination.
Barik’s father said, “He was under pressure after being sacked from job in India Post. He was missing for the last one month and a case was registered at Nayapalli police station in this connection. A few days ago, some people had rescued him and sent him to an NGO, from where he had escaped two days ago.”