The Puri family, shocked at 25-year-old Smiti’s sudden suicide on Monday morning, said she was extremely cheerful even the night before she jumped to death from her building terrace.
Her maternal grandfather, who lives in Upper Govind Nagar in Malad (east), told the police: “I spoke to Smiti on Sunday night. We were discussing her wedding and she sounded extremely happy. I am shocked that she did this.”
Smiti had got engaged seven months ago and was to get married in January 2013 to a Malad-based businessman whom she had been dating.
A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “After the couple told their parents about their relationship, they decided to get the duo married. She was extremely happy. Her suicide came as a shock to everyone,” the neighbour said.
The police said Smiti’s younger sisters, Disha, 23, and Rasika, 20, whom she spoke to before going to bed on Sunday, also found her cheerful.
The deceased’s father, Ajay Puri, 55, who works in a private firm, told the police that she woke up around 7am and left home around 9.15am.
“He said he did not ask her where she was going, and that the next thing he heard was that she had jumped off the terrace,” Raghunath Bagul, senior inspector of Bangur Nagar police station.
Around 9.30am, the police said several residents spotted Smiti pacing about in the building premises. “A woman and a youngster saw her walking about frantically. They said she looked worried, Bagul said. “After 10 to 15 minutes, she entered the society’s A-wing and started climbing the stairs though she lived in the C-wing. But the woman and the youngster did not raise an alarm as she was a member of the society.”
The police said she climbed up to the terrace from the A-wing because the terraces of the other two wings were locked.
A ground floor resident saw her jumping off the terrace, the police said. “It all happened in front of my eyes. I saw her take the leap and fall to the compound. I tried to yell and stop her, but it was too late,” the witness told the police.