55-yr-old man jumps off Vashi creek bridge

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

One week af­ter two teenagers from Wadala jumped off Vashi creek bridge, a 55-yearold man from Vashi was found dead in the creek on Fri­day.

The po­lice sus­pect he com­mit­ted sui­cide by jump­ing off the bridge the pre­vi­ous night.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Ashok Don­du­bite, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 5, went miss­ing on Thurs­day.

“In the evening, he called his fam­ily and told them that he was go­ing to com­mit sui­cide. The fam­ily mem­bers reg­is­tered a miss­ing per­sons case,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Vashi po­lice sta­tion.

On Fri­day, his body was spot­ted un­der the old bridge. “We have learnt from his fam­ily that the de­ceased’s son died a few months ago and he went into de­pres­sion. We sent his body to NMMC hospi­tal for a post mortem,” he said.

Po­lice sources said over 20 peo­ple jumped off the bridge to com­mit sui­cide in the last one year. Many of them were saved by lo­cal fish­er­men.

“Most of the peo­ple at­tempt to sui­cide jump­ing off the old bridge, as the new bridge is crowded with traf­fic. It has been ob­served that a ma­jor­ity of such in­ci­dents have taken place in the evening,” said Ra­jaram Joshi, a lo­cal fish­er­man who has saved sev­eral peo­ple in the past three years.

“The po­lice con­trol room or the mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties said that as soon as they get to know about such in­ci­dents, we im­me­di­ately reach the spot. I have res­cued around 24 peo­ple in the past three years,” he said.

Even as the num­ber of such in­ci­dents is in­creas­ing, the au­thor­i­ties have not taken any step to in­stall CCTV cam­eras or de­ploy se­cu­rity guards near the bridge. The po­lice have not kept a sin­gle speed boat for res­cu­ing peo­ple near the bridge.

HT FILE

Po­lice sources said over 20 peo­ple jumped off the Vashi bridge to com­mit sui­cide in the last one year.

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