A 35- year-old diamond polisher here was found dead under suspicious circumstances. He was accused of replacing a high-value diamond with a low-value one and was allegedly beaten up by the factory manager, police said.
The diamond polisher, Atul Goti, is suspected to have fallen off from the third floor of a diamond factory in Varachha here. However, the police are investigating the case to ascertain the cause of death.
Goti, a resident of Jalaram Society, Nana Varachha, worked as a diamond polisher in Vyom Diamond factory at Varachha for the last ten years. He hails from Khodalgam in Talaja taluka of Bhavnagar district. He has been staying in Surat for the last 15 years and his parents are doing farming there.
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On Monday morning Goti went to the factory as usual. The firm’s manager, Manish Patel, gave him 7.68 carats of diamonds for assorting. After finishing his work, Goti handed over the diamonds to the manager.
Manish weighed it and found that its weight increased by 26 cent at 7.94 carats. Sources said that Goti was working in the assorting section on the second floor. Patel took him to the third floor for questioning him about the reason behind increase in the weight of the diamonds.
Patel was not satisfied with the answers given by Atul. Patel in turn informed the firm owner Dipak Kukadia about this. Apparently Patel and other employees also beat him up during the questioning.
Fed up of the torture, Goti is said to have rushed to a large window and jumped from the third floor and died. Patel and Kukadia reached the ground floor only to find Goti’s body lying in a pool of blood.
Varachha police station officials recovered the body and sent it to SMIMER hospital for post-mortem.
After learning about the incident, the family members of the deceased reached the spot. They alleged that the factory manager had pushed him to his death.
When contacted, Patel said, “We had given him the rough diamond weighing 7.68 carats which we made a note of, before giving it to the artisan as is the practice. We also weigh it after the job is done and note it down in the register. We regularly maintain this register so that we can know how much is to be gained from the diamond. After finding out the difference, we were questioning him and kept him in a room. We were waiting for the firm owner to come and further question him. We don’t know why he had committed suicide. We were simply asking him questions.”
Varachha police inspector G V Padheriya said, “We have seized the hard disk of the CCTV footage recorded in the factory to get more details into the case. The deceased was working in the factory for the last ten years and for the first time he came under fault. We have also talked to few of his colleagues and found that he is a good human being and punctual at work. We also suspect that there might some fault in the weighing machine. The deceased had left behind wife and two children.”
Surat Diamond Association president Dinesh Navadia said, “We have come across the death of Atul Goti — it is difficult to say who is at fault. The deceased was working with the firm for the last ten years with a clean record. There would be some mistake either from the diamond artisan side or from the manager side in weighing the diamonds. Even the deceased might have made some mistake and he felt bad of it as a result of which, he had committed suicide. There are many possibilities which is to be looked into it. We are also from our side trying to find out the reason behind this incident.”