Krishna Surwade is yet to come to terms with her son Sandip’s suicide. A chef, Sandip allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the ‘Grandeur of the Seas’ ship on February 18. His body couldn’t be retrieved and that makes Krishna suspicious of the suicide theory as floated by her son’s employers.
Sandip was hired by the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, a Miami-based company, through Mumbai-based Hiren International Cruises Limited for eight months. He had left for the United States on June 22 last year.
On February 20, a representative from Hiren International came to Surwade’s home in Bara Bungalow, Thane (east) and. The representative gave them a number and an e-mail id of Fabio Acevedo, MD, supervisor, medical crew. Initially, the family was told that Sandip was missing. Later, they were told that Sandip committed suicide by jumped off the deck of the cruise on February 18 at 9pm. The family was told that they tried to fish out his body for 26 hours but found no trace. They also received an email with Sandip’s alleged suicide letter.
The letter was addressed to his friend Mingal alias Mowgli, who apparently worked with him in the same company. The letter mentions a name “Ayu”, which the family later learnt was the name of an Indonesian girl with whom Sandip was involved. The letter states that his seniors were troubling him and the girl due to their relationship. The family doubts the authenticity of the letter. “Except the name beneath the signature, the handwriting is also not his,” said Krishna. “We have registered a case with the MRA Marg police station against Hiren International.”