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Builder shoots himself in head in Navi Mumbai

One of his family members told Hindustan Times that Kandhari was depressed and was on medication for the past six months

mumbai Updated: May 10, 2016 00:29 IST
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Hindustan Times
Navi Mumbai,builder,Swaraj Builders

Raj Kandhari, 44, director of Swaraj Builders and Developers Group, shot himself in the head at his Sanpada residence on Monday. He has been admitted to the MGM hospital in Vashi and his condition is critical, said doctors.

According to the police, Kandhari shot on the right side of his head with his licensed pistol between 2pm and 2.20pm. Kandhari stayed with his mother, sister and other relatives on the eleventh floor of Raj Uday building, which was developed by his group. He was alone in the room at the time of the incident, said police.

“The other family members were near the kitchen and a help was taking lunch for him. As she passed the hall, she heard the noise. She rushed to the bedroom and found him lying in a pool of blood,” said Dhanraj Dayama, assistant commissioner of police, Nerul division.

The police have found a note in his diary in Hindi stating: “Jeevan mein toh uttar-chadav ate rehte hei, iska samna karna chahiye…” It is however, not clear when it was written.

One of his family members told Hindustan Times that Kandhari was depressed and was on medication for the past six months. Sahaji Umap, deputy commissioner of police, zone 1, said, “His family members have told us that he was depressed for the past several months because of financial reasons. He has projects at Ulwe, Panvel, Chembur, Airoli, Ghansoli, Kopar Khairane among others, but the business is reportedly not doing well. That could be one of the reasons why he decided to take the drastic step.”

“Kandhari has a project, Swaraj Lagoona, in Panvel, which is stuck owing to new rules and regulations introduced by the local authorities. He was struggling to get a new no-objection certificate (NOC) from NAINA for the project. He had loans to be repaid. We are not sure if the investors were putting pressure on him to hand over the flats,” another police officer said.

Nirav Shah, a committee member of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry, Navi Mumbai, said, “The real estate market is not doing well in Navi Mumbai. All builders are facing problems because of this. Kandhari is a friend. We used to meet at least once a week. However, we didn’t know he was facing any problem.”

Manohar Shroff, another member of MCHI, said, “We are not getting timely approval for our projects from the state. We are ready to build affordable houses and sell flats at reasonable prices. The government should also understand our problems.”

First Published: May 10, 2016 00:29 IST