A journalist with a Malayalam news channel was found dead in his apartment in Kozhikode, the police said on Monday. 

Nithin Das, 26, a native of Thoppumpady in Kochi was found hanging in his apartment by his friends and neighbours on Sunday night. He used to work with Media One and was supposed to appear in the 9 pm programme on Sunday.

When Nithin did not turn up even after 8 pm or respond to the phone calls, his friends and colleagues went to his apartment. They entered it with the help of his neighbours and found him hanging in the bedroom.

On receiving the information, the police reached the spot and conducted preliminary enquiries. A case under section 174 CrPC (unnatural death) has been registered and investigations are on.

The police suspect it to be a case of suicide due to personal problems, though nothing has been confirmed yet. Nithin did not leave a suicide note but his friends reportedly informed the police that he was depressed.