Former chess champion commits suicide

Thirty five-year old Shankar Roy, who had received the title of International Master of Chess at a very young age, was found hanging at his north Kolkata residence on Tuesday. Roy was reportedly suffering from depression. While some said that he had tried to commit suicide four years ago by setting himself, others said that he had suffered burn injuries as a stove had exploded.

Police said they have recovered a suicide note. "We have sent the body for an autopsy. The content cannot of the suicide note, however, cannot be divulged for the sake of the investigation," said a senior police officer.

Roy, who used to worked with the Railways, gave specialized chess training classes at his residence. "He was badly burnt and his body was deformed. He also underwent treatment for depression for some time," said a senior member of Bengal Chess Association.

Debashish Bose, president of Gariahat Chess club, said:"We used to call him "Tiger of Bengal" but he had kept himself away from the chess circuit for the last four years after he suffered burn injuries."

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