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Youth fails to join Indian Army, goes live on Facebook before committing suicide

Heartbroken for not being able to join the Indian Army and believing himself to be guilty for disappointing his parents, a 24-year-old youth live-streamed his suicide on Facebook on Wednesday early morning in Agra.

Munna Kumar, a BSc graduate, shared a 1: 09-minute long video of his confession and suicide note on Facebook 15 minutes before he streamed a live video of his suicide which was 37 minute long. What's even more disturbing was that the video was widely circulated and over 2750 people view it on Facebook, but none raised alarm or informed the youth’s parents, who were sleeping in the next room.

The incident took place between 3:00am to 3:40am.

A resident of Shanti Nagar of New Agra police jurisdiction, the victim’s family originally hailed from Bela village of Mohanpur police jurisdiction, Bihar, but were settled in Agra. The eldest among four siblings including a sister, Munna was an ardent follower of Bhagat Singh and had appeared five times for interview and entrance examination to join the Army.

Vikas Kumar, younger brother of Munna, said, “He was highly inspired by Bhagat Singh and was obsessed with joining the Indian Army. Hours before committing suicide, he was behaving very normal and ate dinner with us. No one in the family had any idea that bhaiya was committing suicide. He left a six-page suicide note, believing and blaming himself to be ‘loser’.”

The copy of the suicide note withheld with TOI, read, “…dear papa and mummy, I give up. I have failed you, I’m not a good son. I didn’t achieve my goals. I was lazy in my approach and now I’m of no use. Good bye.”

Munna’s father Prabhu Prasad is a driver, who had opened a grocery store for Munna so that he could engage himself in work to overcome depression of not being able to crack the interview and written examination to join Army.

Munna’s body was sent for post-mortem, while his parents grieved for his loss.

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