Accused of having an affair with his neighbour, a 34-year-old married man allegedly jumped before a suburban local train on the southbound tracks near Kharghar station, Navi Mumbai, in the wee hours of Tuesday.
Shailesh Ambre, an IT professional who works in Mumbai, allegedly took the extreme step after an argument with his wife.
Police said that the neighbour, a 38-year-old married woman, was also set to follow Ambre but backed out at the last minute.
A one-page suicide note, handwritten in Marathi by Ambre but signed by the duo, was found in his breastpocket.
“I feel guilty … my wife is upset with me regarding my relationship with her but she is like a sister to me … I have no other ways of convincing them,” said Inspector Vibha Chavan, Vashi Railway Police, adding that Ambre did not blame anyone for his decision to commit suicide and also specified how his property should be distributed in the family.
The neighbour was being treated at a private hospital in Vashi for a head injury but recorded her statement with the police on Wednesday. Police said the woman and Ambre first met while buying vegetables at the local market in Kamothe.
“The woman and Ambre met three years ago and have been close since, but Ambre’s wife did not approve of their relations and suspected them of having an affair, which led to several fights between them. On Monday, Ambre and his wife fought again,” said Chavan.
According to a police officer, the woman in her statement said her family did not have any problems regarding her relationship with Ambre as he used to visit the house frequently.
“She claims to have tied him rakhis for the last three years but Ambre’s wife was unhappy with their relationship,” said an officer. Police said the neighbour was staying with her in-laws in Naupada on Sunday when she learnt of the fight between Ambre and his wife.
She left without informing anyone in her family on Monday morning and switched off her cellphone, she said in her statement.
Subsequently, her family registered a missing person’s complaint with the local Navi Mumbai police in Kamothe.
“She said she left the house because Ambre was considering killing himself and then, the two took a decision to end their lives,” said the police.
Police said that Ambre and the woman drank detergent with the intent to end their lives but then decided to do so at the nearby railway tracks.
“The suicide note was written earlier and Ambre’s intentions were clear. We do not suspect anything suspicious. Only a case of accidental death has been recorded, there is no criminal case registered in the matter,” said Rupali Ambure, deputy commissioner of police, central line. While Ambre has a seven year-old son, the woman has three children, her eldest a 22-year-old son.