Caught smok­ing, two teens jump off bridge, one sur­vives

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: A day af­ter a teen was res­cued from Vashi creek and a body fished out from the creek, the po­lice learnt that the two were friends and de­cided to com­mit sui­cide af­ter they were caught smok­ing and black­mailed.

While one mi­nor was res­cued, the body of the other was found in the wa­ters. Ra­jaram Joshi, a fish­er­man, helped the po­lice res­cue the 16-year-old boy from Wadala, around 4.30am on Fri­day.

The boy told the po­lice that he had jumped from the bridge around 10pm on Thurs­day night. He claimed that his fa­ther had not given him money to cel­e­brate his birth­day and so he had de­cided to com­mit sui­cide. The boy’s fa­ther, a tai­lor, was called and he took him home.

A lit­tle later, a body of a 17-yearold was fished out from the creek. Af­ter the body was iden­ti­fied, the po­lice re­alised that the two cases were re­lated. The fa­ther of the de­ceased is an NMMC em­ployee.

Po­lice in­spec­tor (crime) Su­raj Tadvi of Vashi po­lice sta­tion, “We learnt that both boys were from Wadala and went to the same tu­ition class. They had just given their Class 10 exam. The boy who was res­cued said the duo had jumped to­gether from the bridge.”

Tadvi said, “The two had gone to a place in Wadala with their girl­friends. They were caught smok­ing by a man, who threat­ened to call the po­lice and in­form their par­ents. Then, he de­manded money from them. The boys called up a friend for money but he couldn’t help them. The man took away their mo­bile phones.”

The girls left and the boys were scared as they had ear­lier been caught smok­ing by their teacher and had been thrashed by their par­ents.

Tadvi said, “The boys de­cided to com­mit sui­cide. They came to Vashi rail­way sta­tion by train and walked to the creek bridge and jumped. Since the sur­vivor knew a bit of swim­ming and fell in the area with let­ter wa­ter and in the sludge, he had sur­vived. His friend didn’t.”

The po­lice said they have in­formed the Wadala po­lice and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on to iden­tify the man who black­mailed the boys. The po­lice said the man has de­posited the mo­bile phones with the Wadala po­lice.

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