Body of French staffer handed over to officials

Mumbai: Body of the 33-year-old French Consulate staffer, who allegedly committed suicide at her flat in suburban Bandra yesterday, was on Tuesday handed over to the consulate officials who will fly it to their country, police said.

Iwona Khuchmi, who was said to be in depression, was found hanging to a ceiling fan with a belt at 3 PM yesterday in her suburban Bandra house by her land lady who opened the door with duplicate keys, they said.

"A postmortem was conducted on her body in a civic-run Cooper Hospital and it was handed over to the Consulate people," D Patil, inspector at Bandra police station said.

According to police, Khuchmi's colleague had yesterday called up the owner of the flat in Munich building to check if she was at home as Khuchmi did not attend office on Monday and was also not attending the phone calls, they said.

The house owner then went to the flat and knocked on the door but got no response. She then opened the door using duplicate keys to find Khuchmi hanging, police said, adding they also found deep cuts inflicted with a sharp object on Khuchmi's wrists.

"The lady was staying in the flat alone since November last year. Her land lady last saw Khuchmi on Sunday when she came back home at around 8pm," Patil said.

Khuchmi has left behind a three-page suicide note, written in French, stating that she was in depression and has been unable to concentrate on her work, said another police official on condition of anonymity.