After spending birthday with parents, techie falls to death from her office

BENGALURU: A day after her birthday, Geethanjali U, a 27-year-old software engineer, fell to her death from the terrace of the 10-storey Umiya Businees Bay-2 building at the Cessna Business Park, Kadubeesanahalli, near Marathahalli, southeast Bengaluru.

She had returned to the city on Wednesday morning after celebrating her birthday with her parents in Baina, Goa. She was a resident of Bellandur and a native of Goa. Marathahalli police said the incident happened around 12.30pm and the reason for her death is not yet clear.

Abdul Ahad, deputy commissioner of police (Whitefield division), said she was a networking engineer with ADVA Optical Networking. The building security staff said they heard a thud and saw the woman on the ground. “We rushed to the spot and found she had severe head injuries. We called for an ambulance and alerted police. She was declared brought dead at a private hospital,” a security official said.

Prakash, the ambulance driver who took the body to the hospital, said his vehicle is stationed at the business park every day. “I was informed around 12.30pm that someone had fallen from the building. I took her to the hospital, but it was too late,” Prakash said.

Marathahalli police said Geethanjali joined the company in April this year. She and her younger brother Praful Kumar, also a software engineer, came to Bengaluru a few years ago. They stayed in a rented house in Bellandur.

She went to Goa with her aunt Vijayalakshmi on Monday. She visited her parents on Tuesday and the family celebrated her 27th birthday. “She flew back to Bengaluru with her aunt and took the BMTC bus at the Kempegowda International Airport around 10.30am and headed to her office. She didn’t speak to her colleagues when she reached office but went to the terrace of the building and fell from there,” a police officer said.

Cops wait for father

The body was kept in the mortuary of Sakra World Hospital as per the family’s request. DCP Ahad said: “Her father Uday Kumar asked police to wait till he reached Bengaluru. He wanted to file a complaint and so, we’re waiting for his arrival to register a case. The postmortem will be done after registering a case.”

Police have no clues about the reason for her death. “We didn’t recover any suicide note. Her aunt Vijayalaksmi, who was with her for two days, said Geethanjali did not discuss any problems with her nor did she appear upset about anything,” a police officer said. Her brother Praful was shocked and didn’t know the reason for her death.

Police seized her mobile and will start a probe once they receive a complaint from the father.

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