A 70-year-old businessman who left his Parel residence saying he needed to breathe “fresh air”, committed suicide by jumping off the Bandra-Worli Sealink on Tuesday morning.
The deceased identified as Lalchand Rathod, owned a business of import and export and lived with his wife and two sons. He was also a money lender.
According to Bandra police, the incident took place at 10.45 am at the Bandra end of the Sealink when Rathod got off from his Chevrolet car and jumped off the bridge.
The police said they had received a call from Rathod’s driver that his employer had asked him to drive him to Bandra, the two had left from their Parel home at 10.20 am and crossed the Sealink and reached Bandra. Rathod then asked the driver to take an U-turn and return to Worli. “When the driver crossed the toll booth, Rathod asked him to drive on the extreme left lane. Once they were on the Sealink, Rathod asked him to stop the car at the side. Rathod then opened the door of the car and without a word, jumped off the bridge,” said Shivajirao Kolekar, assistant commissioner of police (Bandra division).
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Police, with fire brigade’s help, traced Rathod’s body and fished out within two hours of the incident. The police officers then informed Rathod’s family . The police have registered a case of accidental death and are in the process of recording the statements of Rathod’s family members to find out more about his depression and its cause.