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Fifth suicide bid near Mantralaya in Mumbai: 65-year-old drinks poison

The woman, identified as Sakhubai Karbhari Jhalte, has been admitted to St George’s Hospital and is out of danger, said a minister.

mumbai Updated: Feb 17, 2018 00:56 IST
Swapnil Rawal
Swapnil Rawal
Ramkrishna Jhalte shows a picture of his mother Sakhubai who attempted suicide.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

A week after a murder convict committed suicide by jumping off the fifth floor of the state secretariat, a 65-year-old woman on Friday attempted to end her life in front of the Mantralaya, near Vidhan Bhavan in south Mumbai.

The woman, identified as Sakhubai Karbhari Jhalte, has been admitted to St George’s Hospital. This is the fifth suicide bid in the last month in and around the Mantralaya. According to Mantralaya security personnel, Jhalte consumed some liquid that was allegedly poisonous, from a cough syrup bottle, in the lane opposite the state secretariat. She hails from Vadgaon Pangu village of Chandvad taluka in Nashik district and had come to Mumbai with her 22-year-old son Ramkrishna to demand action on a complaint she had filed against some of her relatives in relation to a property dispute.

“The woman was carrying a bottle of medicine for cough. A constable stationed there saw the woman consume the liquid in the bottle, after which he rushed to prevent her from doing so,” said Vilas Gangawane, senior police inspector of Marine Drive police station. According to an official, there was a longstanding feud in Jhalte’s family over an ancestral property. The dispute over the 3.57-hectare land in the village has been going on since 1947 after the death of Jhalte’s father-in-law. Maharashtra minister of state for environment, Pravin Pote-Patil, who visited Jhalte at the hospital, said the woman is out of danger. He said Jhalte’s in-laws had encroached upon the land and the dispute escalated after which she filed an official complaint with the sub-divisional officer.The decision was in Jhalte’s favour but the other party challenged the order. Jhalte had also filed a writ petition in Nashik against a relative Sunil Valmiki Jhalte. Pote said that she did not enter the Mantralaya. Police officers said the woman wanted to meet officers in Mantralaya but before she could do so, she consumed the liquid.

In the past one month, there have been four suicide bids in and around Mantralaya, of which two people died. The state introduced several safety measures including installation of safety nets inside the building. It has also increased security around the building.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 00:47 IST