Tuesday night they surfed the internet together, from 8 pm to 10 pm. On Wednesday, around 5.30 am, they walked along a railway track holding hands, then allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a speeding train, possibly the Howrah Express.
PU students M Suhas and S Srinivas, aged 18, and residents of Mariyappana Palya, Rajajinagar 1st Block, ended their lives mysteriously. The public on Wednesday morning informed Malleswaram traffic police officials that two mangled bodies were lying on the railway track near Milk Colony, a few furlongs from Malleswaram railway station. The news was flashed by a vernacular TV news channel and family members, who had by now discovered that the two boys had gone missing, rushed to the spot and recognised them. But the reason behind this extreme step is not clear, as no suicide note was recovered.
Suhas and Srinivas were studying in PUC II in different colleges in Mandya. While Suhas had joined a college run by the Adichunchanagiri Education Institution, Suhas was studying in a government college, railway police said. They had returned home after finishing their PU exams. Yogesh Kumar, landlord of the house where Suhas lived, recalled how the two boys were very attached to each other. "Suhas and Srinivas were good friends from their school days. Not wanting to be separated from his friend, Srinivas decided to study in Mandya after Suhas got a seat there," family sources said. "They went out together around 8 pm on Tuesday. They were seen in a browsing centre near Devaiah Park. From there, they disappeared," Yogesh said.
Meanwhile, an auto driver said he saw the two boys walking on the railway track around 5am. "I thought they were joggers. Later, passengers told me about the tragedy. I recognised the bodies immediately. But I did not know their names or addresses," he said.