When 54-year-old diamond merchant and Belgium resident Miten Mehta jumped to his death from their ninth floor home in Maker Towers in Cuffe Parade on Tuesday night, his mother Sushila saw it happen.
“She’s in a state of shock, but she’s our only witness and possibly the only person who knows why he killed himself,” said Vishwas Nangre Patil, deputy commissioner of police, zone I.
The Cuffe Parade police have registered it as an accidental death.
They said that at the time it happened, Miten — Lilavati Hospital trustee Vijay Mehta’s son — Sushila (76), and two servants were the only ones in the house.
The rest of the family is in Belgium, no suicide note has been found yet.
Police Inspector Vilas Bhole from the Cuffe Parade police station said, “One of the building watchmen heard a loud thud and discovered the body on the first-floor parapet. He informed the building authorities who then called us.”
Miten was rushed to GT Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
His body was then taken to Lilavati Hospital to be preserved, with the rest of the family expected to come from Belgium for the funeral on Thursday.
Police sources said Miten had come downstairs with his luggage and one of the servants, but went back up without explanation. Sometime after this, he jumped.
Miten had a diamond business in Mumbai as well as Belgium, and would often shuttle between the two cities.
He had reportedly come to the city from Belgium about a month ago and was since living in the building with his mother. He was booked on a Lufthansa flight back to Belgium on Tuesday, but had cancelled that ticket for unknown reasons.
“We’re trying to determine the reason behind the suicide. We haven’t managed to get the mother’s statement yet since she’s still in shock and hasn’t talked. The rest of the family is expected in Mumbai by Thursday,” said Bhole.
Patil added: “It is a clear case of suicide and there is no foul play suspected.