On Wednesday morning, authorities discovered Konica Layak, Jharkhand’s 2020 10-meter air rifle state champion, hanging inside a women’s hostel in Bally, Howrah district.
Layak, 28, became famous after actor-turned-philanthropist Sonu Sood gave her a new rifle for training earlier this year, according to a police officer from the Bally police station who spoke on the condition of anonymity. She left a suicide note in which she wrote about failing to fulfil her parents’ dreams.
Layak was disqualified for the national championship in October at the G V Mavalankar pre-national event on charges of tampering with the target, according to her coach, former Olympian and Arjuna awardee Joydeep Karmakar.
“In less than four months, Layak has become the fourth Indian shooter to commit suicide. Since September, three Punjabi gunmen have shot themselves with their own rifles. The shooting sports community in the United States is in a horrible spot right now. “Perhaps psychologists might shed some additional light on this,” Karmakar speculated.
Layak joined Karmakar’s training institute in Kolkata in July this year after finding the training facilities in Jharkhand to be inadequate. She used to visit her family and stay with other housemates at a women’s hostel in Bally.
“Layak is said to have hanged herself after her roommates had gone to work. A post-mortem examination has been ordered for the body. A police official stated, “Members of her family have migrated from Jharkhand.”
“I first learned about Layak after reading in the headlines that Sood had been affected by her hardships and had purchased a new weapon for her. We reached out to her and invited her to join us for training. We slashed her training costs by half. “When we brought her on board, her skills were extremely raw,” Karmakar explained.
“I can’t believe she committed suicide.” Layak always had a nice smile on his face. She didn’t identify as an extrovert or an introvert. In my institute, there are approximately 300 pupils. It’s tough to say what’s going on in their heads, but Layak never appeared to be depressed. The defeat at Mavalankar was humiliating, but it happened two months ago,” Karmakar added.
“Since September, three Punjabi gunmen have committed suicide. This is the fourth occurrence, according to Karmakar.
Namanveer Singh Brar, a bronze medalist at the World University Games, committed suicide in Mohali in September. Hunardeep Singh Sohal, a state-level shooter, committed suicide in October. On December 8, Khushseerat Kaur Sandhu, a competitor in the Junior World Championships, committed suicide.
Layak’s parents told the police that she had gone to Chittaranjan in West Burdwan district to attend a friend’s wedding earlier this week.
“Aaj sirf mera nahi, sirf dhanbad ka nahi, poore desh ka dil toota hai,” Sonu commented in Hindi after retweeting a user’s post on Twitter (Today not just me, not only of Dhanbad, but the entire country is heart-broken). He also included an emoji of a broken heart.
Konica had posted multiple photographs of herself receiving the medals in January of this year. “11th Jharkhand State Rifle Shooting Championship-2020 me one gold and one silver jeeta hai maine magar Jharkhand govt se koi help nahi mila hai abhi tak plz help for one rifle (I won a gold and a silver medal in the 11th Jharkhand State Rifle Shooting Championship-2020.)” she wrote. However, I have yet to receive assistance from the state of Jharkhand).” In her post, she also mentioned Sonu and Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren. Sonu had responded to her in March, saying, “Aapko rifle dunga main aapko aapko aapko aa Aap desh ko medal de dena, aap desh ko medal de dena, aap desh I’ll give you a gun, aap tak pahunch jayegi (I’ll give you a rifle, aap tak pahunch jayegi). You present the country with a medal. You’ll be able to get your firearm).”