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Parents of boy who fell from 7th floor suspect no foul play

The Bangur Nagar police, investigating the mysterious death of the 12-year-old boy who died after falling off the seventh floor residence in Goregaon, are still clueless about the circumstances leading to his death. The family, meanwhile, has said they do not suspect any foul play in the incident.

mumbai Updated: Nov 29, 2012 01:35 IST
Farhan Shaikh

The Bangur Nagar police, investigating the mysterious death of the 12-year-old boy who died after falling off the seventh floor residence in Goregaon, are still clueless about the circumstances leading to his death. The family, meanwhile, has said they do not suspect any foul play in the incident.

“I do not think Nishant committed suicide. We do not suspect any foul play either. It might have been an accident but I am not sure how it happened,” said Sameer Salvi, Nishant’s father, adding that Nishant had been unwell for the past four days but was not depressed because of it. Sameer lives and works in Pune and visits his family over the weekend.

He returned to the city at 5pm on Tuesday after he was informed about Nishant’s death. His wife is a homemaker and Nishant was their only child. “Nishant’s mother is in a state of shock and is trying to come

to terms with the reality,” Sameer said.

The police are still trying to establish what led to the mishap. The officials said all floors except for the seventh, 14th and 21st floors of the 24-storey building had open spaces with grilles, which did not have any space for someone to fall through while these three floors had parapets jutting out.

The police looked for CCTV footage on the fourth floor where Nishant lived, but the camera was found to be dysfunctional and had not recorded anything.

There were no CCTVs on the seventh floor and the 14th and the CCTV on the 21st floor is yet to be scanned, police said.

“One of his friends, 10-year-old Sahil said Nishant was fond of playing videogames and particularly one game where the protagonist leaps from heights was his favourite,” said Viththal Nawade, sub-inspector of Bangur Nagar police, adding that after scanning Nishant’s residence, they did find one such game.

The police said the railing of the parapet is three feet high and it is not possible for the boy to fall through unless he climbed over the railing or was pushed.

The police said they would speak to the school authorities and Nishant’s classmates to ascertain if he was under any academic pressure. “He was an average student and was always cheerful,” said his father.