After going missing on Saturday, 47-year-old Suresh Sonawane, a police inspector, attached ironically with the missing persons bureau, emerged unscathed after spending two days in an elevator of the BMC building at Crawford Market where he works.
The police said the elevator was under repair and a team of technicians had come there on the day the incident took place.
The MRA Marg police had registered a missing person’s complaint. Sonawane doesn’t use a mobile phone.
In his statement to the police, he said he got stuck inside the elevator at around 3pm on Saturday when he left for lunch couldn’t get out.
But the MRA Marg police are not completely convinced after the missing inspector came out absolutely fine after spending more than 41 hours in a lift. “He said after he entered the lift from his third floor office, it suddenly stopped, probably because the electricity went off. He knocked on the door, but there was no security guard around as it was a second Saturday, a holiday for BMC employees,” said Samsher Tadvi, sub inspector of MRA Marg police station.
At around 8.30 am on Monday, the lift started working again, so Sonawane managed to get out. He then walked casually into his office on third floor to greet his startled colleagues, before going to the MRA Marg police station.
“He probably managed to survive inside as the air circulation from the ceiling fan vent was enough for one person,” said Ravindra Shisve, deputy commissioner of police (zone I).
The police are now probing if Sonawane got stuck their owing to negligence on their part in case they had disconnected the electricity.