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Key witness in Ambani's chopper sabotage case ends life: police

india Updated: Apr 29, 2009 10:01 IST
Shahkar Abidi

Five days after Bharat Borge (45) found pebbles in the gearbox of Anil Ambani’s helicopter and alerted the police, he committed suicide by jumping in front of a speeding train on Tuesday, police said.

Officials found a suicide note in Borge’s trouser pocket addressed to police inspector I.U. Bhole of crime branch’s unit IX.

The note said: “After you met me, somebody from the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group had come to meet me and taken my phone number. I got afraid thinking that I will be blamed for this.”

“He was never a suspect. We are trying to find out the people who met him and what they discussed,” Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Rakesh Maria, who is supervising investigation in the suspected helicopter sabotage case, told the Hindustan Times.

Borge’s body was found at the railway crossing near Vile Parle railway station. “Some eyewitnesses told us he was hit by a running train,” said senior police inspector N Sheikh of Andheri railway police.

“We have registered a case of accident, but we are not ruling out any other possibility.”

Borge’s body has been handed over to his family, which lives in Rai Gaon locality in Bhayander.

Borge, a senior technician with Air Works India Engineering, an aircraft maintenance company, had found pebbles and gravel in the gearbox of the Bell-412 helicopter and had reported the incident to his boss on April 23.

Experts said if it had gone unnoticed, the helicopter would have crashed when it took off. Anil Ambani and a group of his senior executives were to fly the next day in the chopper, police sources had said.

A spokesperson for Air Works said: “Bharat showed exemplary presence of mind in discovering a tampering attempt with a helicopter under maintenance contract with us. He will always be remembered for his invaluable contribution.”