Maharashtra: Murder convict out on parole commits suicide by jumping from Mantralaya in Mumbai
A 45-year-old man Harshal Raote allegedly committed suicide by jumping from fifth floor of Mantralaya, Maharashtra's seat of power. Convicted for killing his sister-in-law in 2003, Raote was out on one month furlough leave from January 10.
The police claimed that they found a suicide note on him in which he stated that he was depressed as all his relatives had snapped ties with him after he was convicted for the murder. His wife divorced him six months after the murder. His 75-year-old father stays with his sister.
Deputy commissioner of Police Manoj Kumar Sharma said that Raote, a resident of Chembur in Mumbai, had gone to Mantralaya to seek relaxation in his life term. "Mantralaya has a desk where convicts can apply for relaxation in their punishment. We will go through the CCTV footage to get the sequence of events," Sharma said.
Additional Director General of Police Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay said Raote was lodged in the open jail at Pathari in Ahmednagar. "He was out of furlough since January 10," Upadhyay said.
An eye witness Rajesh Jain saw Raote falling from fifth floor from the ministers offices side. The police took Raote to Saint George Hospital where he was declared brought dead.
This is the first suicide in Mantralaya in recent years. Earlier, three people had tried to end their lives there alleging step motherly treatment by the government.
Meanwhile, the Opposition has blamed the government for converting Mantralaya into a "suicide point". Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the government should introspect why people are coming to Mantralaya to end their lives.
Education Minister Vinod Tawde visited the spot. "People should resolve their complaints through talks with the government not by taking any extreme step," Tawde said.