Two adolescent boys in Versova and Borivli, both from middle-class families, took their own lives on Thursday.
While 15-year-old Anzil Crasto from IC Colony in Borivli (West) committed suicide when he was home alone on Thursday evening, earlier in the day, 17-year-old Raj Jangle locked himself in his bedroom and killed himself when only his grandmother was at home.
Neither teenager left a suicide note behind, but Crasto, a Class 10 student, was stressed because of studies, his parents have told the police. Officials are as yet unsure why Jangle, a college student, killed himself.
Fifteen-year-old Crasto, a student at Don Bosco high school in Borivli, hanged himself from the ceiling fan between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, the MHB Colony police said. "His parents told us that he was stressed due to studies and was finding it difficult to cope with maths and science. He had enrolled for extra tuition class too," said Suresh Kilje, senior inspector of MHB Colony police.
Crasto, who lived with his parents and older sister, in a 2BHK apartment in IC Colony, Holy Cross Road, committed suicide while his parents had gone out to get their election ID cards and his sister, a college student, had gone to the flour mill.
When the family returned, he did not answer the doorbell despite repeated knocks so they used a spare set of keys and entered the flat to see Crasto hanging from the fan in the living room.
The family rushed Crasto to a nearby hospital, where the doctors declared him dead on arrival. After the police were informed, his body was sent for autopsy.
Crasto's father is in the merchant navy, while his mother is a teacher. The teenager had celebrated his birthday just last month.
Earlier in the day, Jangle, too, committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan. A commerce student, Jangle was doing his first year of junior college and lived at Versova village with his father, Ramchandra, 45, who works with a private firm, mother Shaila, 43, a homemaker, sister Richa, 12, and grandmother.
The youngster killed himself when he was home alone with his grandmother around noon on Thursday. His father was at work, his mother had stepped out to buy grocery and his sister was at school.
"When his mother returned home, she found his bedroom door locked. Assuming that he was studying for his exam, she did not bother him. But half an hour later, when she knocked on the door, he did not respond," said Nachiket, Jangle's cousin.
Jangle's mother then called up his cousin, who lives nearby. When they broke the door open, they found the teenager hanging from the ceiling fan. They rushed him to Kokilaben Ambani hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
The police have registered both incidents as accidental deaths. "We have registered a case of accidental death and are probing why Jangle killed himself," said Sharad Bodse, senior inspector, Versova police station.
"We don't suspect foul play, but we will question Crasto's friends and check his phone records," said Kilje.