Kadapa district Congress vice-president Sirigireddy Gangi Reddy  |  Photo Credit: Times Now
- Reddy was admitted to a private hospital in Proddaturu
- He reportedly went missing from the hospital on Sunday
- His body was found near the railway tracks at Sunnapuralla Palle
Hyderabad: A Congress leader from Andhra Pradesh has allegedly committed suicide after testing positive for coronavirus.
Kadapa district Congress vice-president Sirigireddy Gangi Reddy ended his life by jumping before a moving train, Times Now’s Sowmith reported.
Reddy was admitted to a private hospital in Proddaturu after he was tested positive for the viral disease. He reportedly went missing from the hospital on Sunday following which a police complaint was lodged.
His body was found near the railway tracks at Sunnapuralla Palle in Yerraguntla on Tuesday.
Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee working president N Tulasi Reddy expressed shock over the death of the party leader.
“Congress party Kadapa district vice president Sirigireddy Gangireddy’s sudden death is very shocking. He was a very active worker, good orator, and good worker for the party. He used to work on labour issues. He was a brave person. But he lost emotional balance after knowing that he is corona positive, and jumped before a train and and died,” ANI quoted his as saying.
“It is very hard to come to the terms with the fact that he is no more. Our heartfelt condolences to his family. I pray that his soul rest in peace. His demise is a great loss to Congress party and labourers,” he added.
COVID-19 triggers panic attack among patients
Recently, several such incidents have come to light where patients run away from COVID-19 hospitals and facilities and commit suicide.
According to mental health experts, those who tested positive for the virus suffer panic attacks and depression that even drive some to the brink of suicide. The experts say that nervousness, fear of contamination, sleep disturbance, excessive worry, feelings of helplessness are the major factors causing depression and anxiety among the people.
“From the psychological perspective, we don’t find a single human being who is not feeling some degree of stress or anxiety due to coronavirus. The intensity and impact varies from person to person,” Lt Col NT Rajan, director of Chennai-based Mastermind Foundation was quoted as saying by PTI.