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Bandra-Worli sea link suicide: Man made cab take 3 rounds before jumping into the sea

The fourth time when the taxi was about to reach Worli, the passenger asked the driver to stop saying he wanted to urinate.

mumbai Updated: Oct 12, 2017 09:33 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Bandra-Worli sea link,Suicide
Police said the man, who still remains unidentified, had hailed a taxi from Haji Ali at 7.30pm to go to Bandra through Bandra-Worli Sea Link.(HT FILE)

The man, who committed suicide by jumping off the Bandra-Worli Sea Link on Monday night, took three rounds of the sea link in the cab he was in. The fourth time, he asked the taxi driver to stop and jumped off the bridge.

The Worli police said the man, who still remains unidentified, had hailed a taxi from Haji Ali at 7.30pm and asked the cab driver to drive to Bandra through the sea link. The taxi driver, the only eyewitness of the case, told the police that when they had crossed the sea link once, the passenger asked him to stop in front of Lilavati Hospital. But the passenger did not get off the taxi. “He sat quiet in the cab for a few minutes and then asked the cab driver to take a U-turn and go towards Worli again,” said a Worli police officer.

Gajanan Desurkar, senior police inspector at Worli police station, said after reaching Worli Seaface, the man asked the taxi driver to go towards Bandra again. The taxi driver, although suspected foul play, but agreed to turn and take the taxi to the other side. This time too, the man did not leave the cab and told the driver to go back again. “The taxi driver said that the passenger paid for the toll each time they crossed the sea link,” said Desurkar.

The next time when the taxi was about to reach Worli, the passenger asked the driver to stop as he wanted to urinate. The taxi driver refused to stop on the sea link at first but stopped later when the passenger insisted. “As the taxi driver stopped the car, the man got off and approached the bridge. The man then climbed the railing and jumped in the water,” an official said.

After the driver called the cops. they alerted the fire brigade, who soon got there and began the search operation. But since it was dark and cloudy they were unable to continue looking for him that night. On early Tuesday morning, the body was fished out from the Worli side of the bridge.

The police sent the body to Nair Hospital for post mortem and registered a case of accidental death. “We have not found any wallet or other documents on the man,” said Desurkar.

First Published: Oct 12, 2017 09:33 IST