Mumbai: Man commits suicide by jumping from Mantralaya building
A 45-year-old man on Thursday has allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of the Mantralaya building in Mumbai. As per reports, the man, Harshal Raote was a murder convict, and was out on furlough. Notably, the incident happened just two weeks after an 84-year-old farmer consumed poison on the sixth floor of the building. Here's more about it.
The man was a murder convict, serving life imprisonment
Raote, a Chembur resident and a convict on furlough, was serving life imprisonment in Paithan open jail for allegedly killing his sister-in-law. He was arrested in 2003. Following the case, his wife reportedly divorced him and he also fell out his parents. In his suicide note, he wrote that "he was mentally disturbed as nobody in the family would talk to him".
Raote wanted his jail term to be reduced
Raote came to the Mantralaya to meet officials and drop a letter at the home department. An official said, "The letter mentioned that he has served nearly his full jail term and it should be reduced. He said that following the incident his life has been destructed, all his family and friends have been taken away from him and he has been left alone."
Was declared dead on arrival at the hospital
Reports say that Raote reached the Mantralaya at around 5:30 pm and allegedly jumped from the 5th floor at around 6:00 pm. Even though he was rushed to the St. George hospital, he was declared dead on arrival. According to eyewitnesses, they heard a loud noise after he fell and rushed towards him as he lied motionless in the central courtyard of the Mantralaya.