He’s the latest statistic added to the list of policemen crumbling under stress.
Constable Jyotiram Yedekar (52), attached to the NM Joshi Marg police station, died of a stroke while chasing a suspect on Wednesday.
Yedekar, who was with the force since 30 years, did not have a history of any illness.
“Stress could be a reason for his death,” said Vasant Tajne, senior police inspector of NM Joshi Marg police station. “He was as agile as a 30-year-old as far work was concerned.”
On Tuesday night, Yedekar and his colleague were on patrol duty on their motorcycle when they spotted a dubious-looking man in a taxi near the Lower Parel railway workshop.
When the constables signalled the taxi to halt, the taxi sped. “The constables started tailing the taxi which veered into an alley. The passenger alighted and started running,” said Taine.
As it was not possible for the constables to ride in the narrow lane, they started chasing him on foot.
After running a short distance Yedekar, told his colleague that he was experiencing severe chest pain. A few moments later, he collapsed.
“He was taken to KEM Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival,” said Tajne.
Yedekar is survived by his wife and two children. His family left for his hometown in Satara where the final rites were to be performed.