Techie got SMS from friend after she killed self: Police

Pranali Rahane,a 19-year-old trainee at Bosch,who committed suicide in her Nashik home on Sunday had received a text message from a male friend minutes after she took the extreme step,police said

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: September 6, 2013 3:08 am

Pranali Rahane,a 19-year-old trainee at Bosch,who committed suicide in her Nashik home on Sunday had received a text message from a male friend minutes after she took the extreme step,police said.

She received the message shortly after 8.30 pm Sunday. The male friend asked her why she had not been speaking to him,and urged her to tell him about the problem. The problem the message refers to is unclear,the police said. A note Pranali had written shows she may have been ragged.

“We do not know the context of the message. It is possible he was urging Pranali to tell her about ragging. But we cannot rule out a personal problem between them,” said Ramesh Yadav,senior inspector,Indira Nagar police station. He added the police have written to the service provider for call detail records.

On Sunday night,Pranali,who was at her Indira Nagar home with her paternal grandmother,locked herself in. She was discovered hanging from the ceiling. She was rushed to C S Hospital Indira Nagar but died on Monday morning.

The police found a note Pranali had written naming ten classmates who ragged and abused her for months. All ten were arrested on Monday and are in police custody. Pranali was in final-year of a vocational course at Bosch plant. She and her classmates were trainees at the plant. In his statement to police,her father Pradeep said Pranali confided in him. She had cleared an exam that qualified her to train at Bosch headquarters in Germany. Her classmates were jealous and heckled her,Pradeep alleged.

Pradeep told police he urged his daughter to complain to her superiors at Bosch. Pranali refused fearing retribution. “Since there was no written complaint,we are speaking to Pranali’s trainers to find if she confided in anyone. We will try to find if there were any oral complaints,” Yadav said.

All ten accused,of whom four are women,denied aggressive or abusive behaviour,police said.

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