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Ex-GU prof, wife end lives in suicide pact
In an incident that has shocked not only the academic community but many government officials in the state, a former professor of Gujarat University and his wife died by suicide at their home in Satellite on Wednesday night.
Yogendra Vyas (80), a former professor who headed the linguistics department at the Gujarat University and his wife Anjana Vyas (74) hung themselves at their old home, apparently because of incurable illnesses.
Vyas, a well respected academician, also gave lectures at Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA) in Ahmedabad and many officers of the state government have studied under his tutelage.
Police have registered an accidental death and are investigating the case.Vyas suffered from kidney ailments, while his wife suffered from cancer. Police officials said that a suicide note was recovered from the Saraswati Housing Society which was their old home. They had allegedly gone there early morning and had taken the final step to end their lives. Their bodies were discovered by their son.
According to the police, the couple had written in their suicide note that they had been suffering from illnesses for some time. Satellite police told Mirror, "Dr Vyas suffered from a kidney ailment while Anjanaben had been diagnosed with cancer two months back. In a note they have stated not to question their son who is a doctor and that they had lived their life and the decision to take their lives was completely theirs."
They had both taken to yoga and pranayama for a long time, but their condition did not seem to improve.
The family told the police that Yogendra Vyas had a kidney stone operation some time back.
Dr Vyas became a professor at the Surendranagar Mahila College and the Saraspur Arts and Commerce College.