A 40-year-old private tuition teacher allegedly fell to death from the terrace of a 14-storey commercial complex at Vishala Circle in Ahmedabad on Monday morning, police said.
According to police, the body of Parth Tank, a resident of Vrindavan Society near Dharnidhar Derasar in Ahmedabad, was found at the parking entry of Rajyash Rise commercial building at Vishala Circle in Ahmedabad.
A popular private tuition teacher of mathematics in Ahmedabad, Parth Tank used to run his institute in Satellite and Paldi areas of the city. As per his friends and family, Tank was suffering from chronic depression since 2012 and was undergoing treatment.
They said Tank started private tuitions in 1999 and had so far taught over 15,000 students in Ahmedabad and other cities of Gujarat. Since the lockdown, Tank was teaching around 400-500 students online through the mobile application, ‘Level-Up’.
CCTV footage showed Tank falling from the terrace of the 14-storey building around 9.30 am, after which security staff and others rushed to the spot.
Police said Tank had gone to the gym on the first floor of Rajyash Rise complex in the morning, after which he went to the terrace of the building and allegedly took the extreme step.
“He had been going to the gym every morning for the past three-four months and on Monday, he informed the same to his family. After attending gym, he went to the terrace and took the extreme step. We have collected the CCTV footage and statements of the persons near the spot… We did not find any note… and have filed an accidental death report in the case. An investigation has started,” said MG Damor, inspector of Vasna police station.
“I was deployed at the other entry gate of the complex… I heard a loud thud after which people started running towards the parking entry area. He was dead on the spot,” said a security guard.
VG Patel, assistant commissioner of police, M Division, Ahmedabad city police, said, “The family of the victim has informed us that he was suffering from depression since 2012 and was undergoing medical treatment. We have not yet searched his house for any note and the phone records are yet to be probed. Nothing suspicious has been found yet… Further questioning is going on.”
Tank had tied up with his friend and colleague Harshid Shah, a chemistry professor, to offer online classes to higher secondary school students for mathematics and chemistry through the mobile application ‘Level-Up’ since the lockdown. The duo also ran Facebook pages for advertisements.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Shah said, “We remember Parth for all the positive work he has done for the city’s kids in the past two decades. He was the biggest name among maths teachers in Ahmedabad. He was suffering from chronic depression and was also taking help. It is a very unfortunate and shocking incident for the teaching community in Ahmedabad.”
Tank is survived by his parents, wife and two sons. His father is into the construction business. As per his friends, Parth had also produced a movie two years ago.
To seek help and counselling on mental health, one can reach out to AASRA (9820466726) and Saath India (079 26305544).
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