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‘Pianist spoke to two friends an hour before he jumped to death from Bandra building in Mumbai’

The police said Karan Joseph had made eight calls to eight friends an hour before he jumped off the building

mumbai Updated: Sep 15, 2017 14:15 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
He jumped off the 12th floor of a Bandra building on September 9.
He jumped off the 12th floor of a Bandra building on September 9.

The Bandra police investigating the alleged suicide of a 29-year-old pianist said he had made eight calls to eight friends just an hour before he jumped off the 12th floor of a Bandra building on September 9. He was also upset that his friends had not invited him to a party, said the police. He attended the party uninvited.

Only two of Karan Joseph’s friends answered the calls, which were the last. The two calls lasted for 45 and 58 seconds.

The police will soon record the statements his friends whom he called at 8.45 am.

The statement of one friend, who is overseas, could be recorded later, while the second one will be summoned on Friday.

According to an official, till Thursday, the police had no leads. Apart from the two friends, the FSL report on his mobile phone would be crucial, the police said.

Joseph was staying in the Bandra flat with Rishi Shah, who owns a small media company.

The police added that Joseph was very active on his mobile phone and wrote several text and WhatsApp messages to his friends. The police said they had send phones of Joseph and his friends to the forensic lab.

One of the neighbours from the building said she saw Karan leaping out of the window at 3pm on September 5.

The police, however, clarified that Karan was trying to pick up a Rs 2,000 note that had fallen on a ledge below their window.

The police said it was neither a suicide attempt nor a murder bid. “Three notes of Rs 2,000 had fallen on the ledge outside the window. Karan took out two notes and the third was a bit ahead. So he tied a dog’s leash on his waist and got down and picked the note with his leg. After that, he shouted in excitement.”

The probe has revealed Joseph was “extremely attached” to his friends and was very depressed as they did not like him getting close to Shah.

“Joseph felt that Shah will help him to in his career. Even his mother told us that he was happy working with Shah. However, Shah would say bad things about Karan’s friends. Till now, we feel Joseph was emotionally weak and was depressed. His friends are still against Shah,” said a police official.

The police have registered an FIR against unidentified people.

Joseph’s father Thomas told police that his son was healthy and was not under any medication. The police have recorded statements of several people till now. On Tuesday, the Bandra police arrested an African national who peddled drugs near the building where Karan lived with Shah.

First Published: Sep 15, 2017 14:15 IST