A top executive of Encyclopedia Britannica allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the 19th floor of a building in DLF Phase-III Gurgaon, police said.
Vineet Whig, the chief operating officer of the South Asia division of Encylopedia Britannica, was found dead by cleaning staff on Sunday morning inside a shaft which opens close to his 19th floor apartment at the building.
Whig lived in Block-D of DLF Belvedere Park with his wife, two sons, a daughter and his father who suffered a heart attack after receiving the news of Whig’s death.
The body was found in the ventilation shaft of Block-C by sweepers when they went to clean it in the morning.
His suicide note said, “I am taking my own life, no one is responsible. I am unable to cope. I am sorry. I am depressed. I see no way out except for suicide. Yes, I am a coward. I should have faced life.”
Mr. Whig had earlier worked with IT giant Wipro. His father has been hospitalized with high blood pressure after hearing of the suicide.
Mr. Whig is survived by his wife and three children. In a statement, they said, “It is an irreplaceable loss for the entire family. He was a sensitive, humble and down to earth person, always willing to extend a helping hand.”
“CCTV footage is being examined to verify the details and ascertain the sequence of events,” Singh added.