The police are trying to remove the bullet head from the bathroom wall, where it got lodged, after Ganadityasinh Jadeja (65) shot himself.
Jadeja was a descendent of the throne of the erstwhile state of Gondal in Gujarat’s Rajkot district.
On Wednesday, Jadeja shot himself with his licenced .38 bore revolver in the bathroom of his Worli Seaface apartment where he had lived with his partner Rosy Samuel and two domestic helps.
Samuel, in her statement to the police, said Jadeja had gone to sleep at 11 pm. He woke up at 7.30 am, consumed his medicine for a malfunctioning thyroid and went back to sleep again. Later, when Samuel woke up, she found Jadeja’s body in the bathroom.
“When Jadeja shot himself, the bullet pierced his head and got stuck in the wall behind him. The post-mortem report said that the position in which he held the revolver was enough evidence to confirm the suicide, but we are trying to recover the bullet head,” said an officer from the Worli police station.
Although Jadeja had a court case going on in Gondal about a property dispute, the police suspect that he killed himself because of his prolonged medical problems.
“Jadeja was suffering from prostrate cancer and was operated on three years ago, but the pain had resurfaced and that frustrated him,” said Bharat Worlikar, senior police inspector, Worli police station.
“Jadeja also underwent a seven-day psychiatric treatment at Jaslok Hospital, because he was suffering from acute depression after he began feeling the pain,” Worlikar said.
Jadeja’s elder brother Jitendrasingh, the current prince of Gondal in Gujarat, also told the police in his statement that his brother was depressed due to his medical problems.
Jitendrasingh also confirmed to the police, that the signature on the suicide note was Jadeja’s.
“We have sent Jadeja’s viscera for chemical analysis and are awaiting the reports,” said Worlikar.