An unidentified person jumped off the high security Bandra-Worli sea link on Saturday morning just when a traffic policeman spotted him on a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera.
A few hours later, his body was found off Dadar Chowpatty.
The man, in his early thirties, was wearing jeans and a vest and a shirt tied around his waist, said the Bandra police. The man was carrying a suspicious-looking object, the police added.
The CCTV images were not clear as the man was quite a distance away from the camera and the heavy mist blurred the images, said a police officer from the Bandra police station, which had initially registered an accidental death case.
Despite the claims of security being tight on both points of the sea link, nobody knows how and when the man entered the bridge.
Traffic police constable Bharat Kamble saw him on the CCTV camera walking around suspiciously, carrying something in his hand, after which the police sprung into action.
The police tried to stop him but it was too late.
“The man panicked and threw the object into the sea and then jumped off the bridge,” said Ashok Sonawane, assistant police inspector from Bandra police.
“We have registered a case of accidental death but as the body has been found in Dadar Chowpatty, further investigations are being carried out by the Dadar police station,” Sonawane added.
Senior police inspector Ashok Unde of Dadar police station said a case of accidental death has been registered. A post mortem will be done on Monday.
“We are waiting for the post mortem reports and are trying to ascertain his identity,” Unde added.
Additional commissioner of police (traffic) Brijesh Singh said: “It is for the police to find out whether the man walked to the sea link or he was dropped by someone. We have the CCTV grabs that we will hand over to the police, which will help them in their investigations.”