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V P Sathyan commits suicide
July 18, 2006 16:20 IST
Last Updated: July 18, 2006 17:42 IST
Former India football captain V P Sathyan committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Chennai on Tuesday morning. He was 41. He is survived by his wife and a 10-year-old daughter.
A full-back, Sathyan donned the India colours for 15 years from 1980. He also played for Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan.
He was Indian Bank coach from 1996 and responsible for the team getting promoted to National Football League.
Later, he was also the assistant to former national coach Stephen Constantine, in 1996.
Police recovered a suicide note written in English from his pocket, in which, addressing his wife, he said he was vexed in life as he had lost his wealth and was habituated to drinking and gambling.
He also said he had lot of respect and admiration in society so long as he represented India.
''I don't want to live in this world any more," Sathyan said in the note.
He also said, ''I wanted to see you for the last time. But if I had done so, I would have changed my decision to end my life. So forgive me. I am leaving this world. The decision is entirely mine.''
Sathyan, who originally hails from Kerala and was employed as Superintendent of Police before resigning, threw himself under the Madras Beach to Tambaram suburban train at the suburban Pallavaram railway station.
Police moved Sathyan's body to government hospital in the nearby suburb Chrompet for post-mortem.
Sathyan was employed with Indian Bank as Assistant Manager. He was also coach of the bank's football team.
When contacted, All India Football Federation secretary Alberto Colaco said, ''We are shocked to hear about the extreme step taken by Sathyan.''