Parents of Nandlal Sonawane, 25, who shot himself at the Kalina police training centre on Friday were busy preparing for his wedding next month at their Dhule village, when news of their son’s death broke.
When Nimavikas saw reports of his son’s death — which relatives had not yet told them about — flash on TV channels, he collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital, said Sonawane’s cousin Sudhir.
His family described him as a bright youngster who was passionate about joining the Force 1. “He was very fit and intelligent. He always wanted to join the force. He underwent training for three years Nashik and got selected in the first try,” said Sudhir, who works with Mumbai police.
Sonawane’s friends and colleagues said they couldn’t believe he would kill himself. They said he had been busy shopping for his own wedding in the last few weeks. “He was excited about his upcoming wedding and the bride was of his choice. He was not capable of committing suicide,” said Devraj More, Sonawane’s childhood friend. “
His Force 1 colleagues said police should not rule out foul play. A Force 1 commando said that after duty hours, they are supposed to deposit their fire-arms, which suggests that something may be amiss, because Sonawane allegedly shot himself with his service gun. “It’s not clear how he took the gun to the terrace, where he shot himself,” said another commando.
Doctors from JJ Hospital, where the post mortem was conducted have ruled out any foul play. “The bullet injury is on the chest and appears to be suicidal as the firearm was touching his chest.”