Sea link suicide drama: Man had lost money in gambling

  • Vijay Kumar Yadav, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 04, 2014 21:51 IST

The 24-year-old man, who attempted to commit suicide on the Bandra-Worli sea link late on Monday night, told the police he was depressed as he had lost money in betting, besides not being paid salary for three months.

The policemen from Zone 3 spent nearly two hours pacifying Sanjay Chaudhary, a native of Bihar, as he held on to the railing of the bridge, threatening to jump off. Nine people have committed suicide from the sea link this year.

Chaudhary had taken a taxi from Khar. Around 9.30pm, he reached the 50th pole of the sea link. He then got out of the cab and paid the fare, telling the driver to leave as he wanted to take pictures. He then threw his phone into the sea, and climbed over the railing.

He was spotted by Rajesh Liladhar Baddhe, a private security guard, who was patrolling the bridge. Unable to convince the 24-year-old, Baddhe stopped a police vehicle passing by. Following this, the police control room and fire brigade was informed.

“Chaudhary told us his employer at a Khar hotel had not given him salary for three months and that he had lost money in betting,” said Santosh Kanse, sub-inspector, Worli police. Syed Jafarulla Yusuf, 35, the owner of Bhaijaan hotel, and his associate Tabrez Hujur, 36, were brought to the spot by the Khar police.

“Although Yusuf and Hujur told us Chaudhary had been paid salary, they offered to pay him more, if he did not jump,” said Kanse. Chaudhary did not relent, but offered to write a suicide note giving his employers a clean chit.

“In the meanwhile, the police along with local fishermen got a boat under the bridge, to make sure he could be saved, in case he let go of the railing,” said Jayandra Sawant, inspector, Worli police.

Finally, taking advantage of the moment, Chaudhary was distracted, the police grabbed his hand and pulled him back. He was taken to the police station, and his family was informed.

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