Upset that his pension had been delayed, a senior citizen committed suicide by jumping into a well at Aarey Colony on Monday.
The deceased, 60-year-old Shankar Karade, had retired from his government job as a doorkeeper at a store on July 31 and applied for his pension immediately after. However, when he submitted his documents to the Pay and Account department, officials raised an objection, saying they needed to run a routine background check on him. This delayed the approval of the pension.
According to the police, at around 11am on Monday, Karade left home and told his wife that he was going to the pension office to check on the status of his application. But at 8pm, he had still not come back home.
Karade’s wife went to the pension office looking for him, but he wasn’t there. Mangal and her two daughters filed a missing person complaint at the Aarey police station at midnight.
The police said that they immediately alerted neighbouring police stations and also checked nearby hospitals, but Karade was nowhere to be found. Mangal told them that Karade was depressed because of the pension and was also an alcoholic.
“When we scanned his cupboard, we found a suicide note. Karade had stated that he was upset that he was not getting his pension in time and was therefore killing himself,” said Uttam More, senior inspector, Aarey police station.
At around 9.30am on Tuesday, Karade’s body was found afloat in a well. It was sent to Bhagwati hospital for a post mortem.
“We will question two clerks [mentioned in the suicide note]. If anyone is found responsible for abetting his suicide, they will be booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code,” added More. Further investigation is underway.