A week after a civic junior engineer was found hanging in his Kurla ward office, his family suspects foul play.
Nandkishore Gadekar’s (29) family has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into his alleged suicide.
“We do not trust the police’s investigation and have written to the Home minister to initiate an CBI inquiry,” said his brother, Dr Rakesh.
The junior engineer, who was employed with the building department of the municipal corporation, was found hanging in his Kurla office on March 27.
Nandkishore’s brother and father have alleged that he was under pressure from his seniors. “My son worked in a department that dealt with many illegal construction cases and corruption was rampant,” said his father Somani Narayan.
“Most of my son’s colleagues had been promoted. His promotion was held back because he refused to give Rs 5 lakh to his senior,” said the retired teacher from Brahmapuri in Chandrapur district.
“He wanted to get married and had asked us to look for a bride two months ago. Why would he commit suicide?” he asked.
Nandkishore had got an offer to work with film director Ram Gopal Varma and was to quit his BMC job in two months.
“When a person hangs himself there are signs like an angular bruise across the neck. In Nandkishore’s case, there were no such bruises,” said Rakesh, who is a doctor. “Even in the post-mortem report, in the cause of death column the doctor has written ‘opinion reserved’.”
Rakesh added that the crime scene was neither sealed nor dusted for fingerprints.
The police are yet to show the Gadekars the CCTV footage of Nandkishore walking in the corridors of the L-ward office with a nylon rope in his hands.
“Neither the police nor the BMC informed us about his death,” said Somani.