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Naval cadet's death: Police recover suicide note that accuses INA officers of harassment

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Naval cadet death: Police recover suicide note that accuses INA officers of harassment Gudeppa Sooraj

Kannur: The 26-year-old cadet of the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala, who committed suicide Thursday, has accused some of the academy trainers of physically harassing him in a suicide note recovered by the investigators, according to the police.

Police, who began the probe on Gudeppa Sooraj's unnatural death, have also taken a case on Naval Academy officers for abetment of suicide.

Gudeppa Sooraj, a Tirur native, died after falling off a building inside the academy.

The family of the deceased had alleged foul play in the circumstances that led to his death which was denied by the naval academy Thursday. The relatives alleged that the authorities at INA had been torturing the cadet, physically and mentally.

However, INA officials said he was found 'unconscious and unresponsive' on the floor of the INA's academic wing by a duty sailor-instructor at 5.30pm Wednesday.

Sooraj was immediately rushed to the ICU of Indian Naval Hospital 'Navjivani' and administered IV Fluid resuscitation, a release issued by the INA PRO said.

Later, he was shifted to the Pariyaram Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Kannur district. A medical specialist and medical assistants accompanied him, the release said.

The cadet developed two episodes of cardiac arrest at PMCH and all efforts to revive him failed and he was declared dead at 2.30am Thursday, the release said.

Sooraj started off his career in the Indian Navy as a sailor in 2010. In 2013, he appeared for the officers' test and joined the INA. The relatives alleged that the officers at the academy did not like him because of this.

"From then on there was constant friction between Sooraj and the INA officials," his family said.

In 2015, he was terminated by the INA, following which he approached the Armed Forces Tribunal which asked the INA to reinstate him. In January he rejoined the INA as an officer cadet.

Sooraj's family in a statement has alleged that relation between Sooraj and the INA officials was not good, the Payanur Police said.

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