Delhi University professor’s body found on Sarai Rohilla rail tracks

The Asian Age.

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Stanley was a guest professor at St Stephen’s College, where he taught Philosophy and was also pursuing Phd from another institute.

Allen Stanley

New Delhi: The severed body of a 27-year-old Delhi University professor was found on the railway tracks in Sarai Rohilla while his mother was found hanging from a ceiling fan with her mouth stuffed with cloth at their flat in Pitampura.

Allen Stanley (27), who hailed from Kottayam in Kerala, was found dead on the tracks at the Sarai Rohilla railway station on Saturday. Earlier that day, his mother Lissy (55) was found hanging at their flat in Ashiana Apartment, the police said on Sunday.

Stanley was a guest professor at St Stephen’s College, where he taught Philosophy and was also pursuing PhD from another institute.

The police suspect that Stanley committed suicide after killing his mother. However, no suicide note was recovered from Stanley’s body though a note written in Malayalam was found at the flat. The police said it is probing all angles.

The police has registered a murder case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Rani Bagh police station after it found his mother dead inside the flat.

The mother-son duo was undergoing depression because of an abetment-to-suicide case pending against them in Kerala and both were on anticipatory bail. A few days ago, Stanley had shared about it with his friends who tried to convince him to not take any extreme step, a police officer said.

Stanley was living in Delhi for five years and his mother came to stay with him seven months ago.

Witnesses said Stanley had suicidal tendencies and that he had told them five days ago that he tried to force his mother to commit suicide, which she refused.

“We learnt about the tragic news this morning. We are in shock. I had interacted with him when we were speaking to the teachers in the lead up to Delhi University Teachers’ Association polls. We do not know what prompted him to take such a step. He was teaching Philosophy at the college,” said Professor Nandita Narain, who was Stanley’s colleague at St Stephen’s College.

The bodies have been sent for post-mortem, the police said.