Fourteen days after he celebrated his son’s first birthday, Manish Kelkar (28), a journalist with Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna, committed suicide.
Police said Kelkar committed suicide in his bedroom at his Nirmala Nivas residence in Parel on Monday.
The Bhoiwada police are yet to ascertain the reason for Kelkar’s suicide, but his father, Suresh, has given a statement to the police alleging that Kelkar was “experiencing mental harassment from his superiors in the office”.
A colleague of Kelkar’s said superiors did not put any pressure on him. “Kelkar was not well and had was on leave for treatment for six days,” said the colleague who did not wish to be identified.
Kelkar was on leave since six days and was to resume his duty on Monday.
“Kelkar’s father has told us that his superiors had been harassing him mentally. We will record the statements of Kelkar’s superiors,” said Senior Police Inspector Vikram Patil.
Patil said on Monday morning Suresh, a senior photographer with the same publication, left for office. He called Kelkar a few hours later asking him why he had not reached office.
Kelkar refused to go to work and disconnected the line. He was at home with his son and mother. His wife and brother were also at work.
Kelkar then went to his room and locked the door. His mother did not get a response after several knocks she called her husband. Suresh came home and broke open the door to find his son hanging.
Kelkar’s body was taken to KEM Hospital for a post mortem.
“My son was overburdened with office work and his superiors were mentally harassing him for a long time. Due to this pressure he committed suicide,” Suresh said when he was on his way to claim his son’s body.
Patil said: “We have found no suicide note. We are investigating what drove Manish to suicide. We have registered a case of accidental death.”
Kolhapur student ends life
A second year student of Kolhapur Institute of Technology, Vidya Kshirsagar (20), hanged herself in the college hostel on Sunday.
Hailing from Latur, she had come to Kolhapur to pursue higher education. She was reportedly depressed after she failed in four subjects in the first semester.
She left a note for her parents, asking them to forgive her for committing suicide. The note said she took the step because of her failure to complete her education as per her parents’ expectations.