A CLASS X student died, while another survived, after the duo jumped off Vashi bridge in a suicide bid, on Friday. Based on the survivor’s statement, the police have registered an abetment to suicide case against five residents of the Bombay Port Trust (BPT) society who allegedly manhandled the duo for smoking cigarettes behind the BPT society.
According to police, Nikhil Gaddam, 16, and Ritwik Patkar, 17, both residents of Korba Mithanagar area of Wadala, along with two other friends had been smoking cigarettes behind the BPT society, located at Wadala. Residents of the colony claimed that they were fed up with people using the area to smoke cigarettes.
On Friday evening, when they saw Gaddam and Patkar, along with two girls, smoking cigarettes, they were angered, considering how young the four were, said senior inspector Parshuram Karyakarte of Wadala police station.
The senior inspector added that some of the society members slapped the boys and shouted at them for smoking cigarettes there. One of the girls ran away, but the locals took the mobile phones of the other three and handed it over to the Wadala police station. “They told the police to call their parents and hand over the phones only after the parents came to the police station,” Karyakarte said.
In his statement, Gaddam said that Patkar and he were petrified of what their parents would do, once they came to know about them smoking. They took a train from Wadala station and got down at Vashi. They then decided to end
their lives and jumped off the Vashi bridge. “In his statement, Gaddam said that Patkar, who passed away, did not know how to swim. But Gaddam knew
how to swim and hence managed to save himself with help from a boatman,” the senior inspector said.
After he was rescued, the police recorded Gaddam’s statement on Saturday morning. “We have registered the FIR on the basis of the statement by Gaddam. We will verify his account and further course of action will be decided,” Karyakarte said.