April 8, 2010 1:59:51 am
Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras,the professor of Marathi who was suspended by Aligarh Muslim University after he was filmed by spy camera having consensual sex with a man in his bedroom,was found dead on Wednesday evening. Police declined to comment immediately on the nature of the death,but did not rule out suicide.
Siras had returned to work at the university on Monday after the Allahabad High Court lifted the suspension in a temporary order last week. The Indian Express had spoken to him over the phone at around 9.15 on Monday evening. He had said that he wanted to spend the rest of his life working for the gay community.
I want to go to America,I want to teach them Marathi. Not the literature,the language. America is the only place where I will be free to be gay, Siras had told this correspondent.
On Wednesday evening,Siras was found dead in the bedroom of his rented home in Aligarhs Durga Wadi neighbourhood. The ground floor house had at least three doors,all of which were locked on the inside. The main door was also padlocked from the outside. Police forced it open after the landlord complained of a stench coming from inside the house.
Siras was found lying on his side on the bed,wearing a blue vest and dark grey shorts,with a Tata Sky remote next to him. The room packed choc-a-block with an almirah,a chest of drawers,a low table,a chair,a cooler,a bookrack and a TV was in a mess. The floor was strewn with all kinds of small and large articles,among them a copy of Time magazine.
Police said they had not yet found a suicide note of any kind. A forensic team was at the site till late in the night. PTI quoted SSP (City) Man Singh Chauhan as saying Siras could have either killed himself or died after a heart attack. AMU PRO Rahat Abrar told the agency that it suspected Siras committed suicide.
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