Builder had names of politicians in suicide note, erased them later

  • Shashikant Kothekar, Hindustan Times, Thane
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2015 00:45 IST
Policemen outside Thane builder Suraj Parmar’s bungalow at Ovala village, Thane, on Thursday. (Praful Gangurde)

In a 20-page letter the police found from Thane builder Suraj Parmar’s car, he mentioned the names of some politicians, but then tried to erase them later.

The police found the letter while searching Parmar’s car, which was locked and had to be opened with the help of the towing van staff. The police said in the letter, Parmar mentions in detail why he chose to commit suicide.

A senior police officer, on condition of anonymity, said, “We found a notebook in the car, on which Parmar wrote on the first 20 pages. He clearly mentions why he wants to commit suicide. He talks about corruption in the government and the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC). He has mentioned the names of some politicians, but tried to erase them later.”

The note states, “If I name these people in my note, they will create problems for my family. They are so powerful and I don’t want my family to be harassed after me. I am going to die just to show how builders are harassed by politicians and corrupt officers. We are still following outdated laws for development. How can any builder/developer sustain himself?”

In the letter, Parmar praised the new civic commissioner. “Thane’s new civic commissioner is gentle and is doing good job, but some politicians and officers have started harassing builders together. We are doing business, but generally they feel builders have a lot of money, so they can harass us and grab our money.”

“We have sent a letter to the forensic lab for handwriting verification and to identify the names that have been been erased.” said a senior officer from the Thane police.

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