“I was supposed to kill myself in accident but thought if I die like this how will problems come to knowledge of government, so taking the option of suicide,” builder Suraj Parmar wrote in his 13-page suicide note. While excerpts of the letter were released previously, The Indian Express has now accessed the entire letter, which details in 21 bullet points the problems faced by developers in general at the hands of local politicians. The letter also cites the specific example of his own projects.
Investigators in the case said it appeared from the note that the builder was increasingly troubled even as he wrote the letter. Towards the end of the note, he warns the government: “If no action is taken, many will commit suicides. Like farmers, developers will start committing suicides.”
The note, handwritten on ruled pages of a diary, is for now a key evidence against the four corporators arrested in the case. The letter says he was not committing suicide due to financial troubles but due to weariness at the “harassment” meted out by authorities and politicians. “I am not doing such thing due to financial trouble but only due to lots and lots of harassment from authorities, politicians etc,” the note reads. “In whatever department we go, the concerned officers, politicians think that bada bakra aa gaya,” it says.
He adds that the condition of developers in Thane was such that obtaining a simple no-objection certificate (NOC) from the authorities despite meeting all the norms was a reason to celebrate. “It is party time for us on receipt of every NOC, every CC. Why this govt threatens us so much? Why no action against officers who deliberately stop work?… We are afraid to go to any govt officers to get our work done…we will be taken for a ride again. Getting any permission should be routine process but in our industry to get it is big challenge,” the letter says.