A 26-year-old Malad-based man, employed as a storekeeper with the Indian Navy, attempted suicide at the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam port on Tuesday afternoon. Shailesh Malekar, who consumed a bathroom cleaner, slit his wrists and tried stabbing himself with a screw driver, left behind a note saying harassment by his seniors drove him to suicide.
According to his colleagues, the incident took place around noon on Tuesday, when Malekar consumed the bathroom cleaner kept at the bathroom of the Motor Transport (MT) section. After he did not join them for lunch, two of Malekar’s colleagues went to check on him, and found him bleeding with a screw driver in his stomach. He was rushed to the in-house Navy medical room.
“Since Malekar’s condition started deteriorating, we insisted that he be taken to the NRI Hospital nearby. After three hours, they allowed us to do so,” alleged a colleague requesting anonymity. “When we reached the hospital, the doctor on duty shouted at us for the delay.”
Malekar, who joined as a store keeper six months ago, named an Assistant Naval Store officer from the MT department, a driver, a driver in-charge and a TT operator in the two-page suicide note he wrote in Marathi. The Indian Express has a copy of the suicide note, which he begins by apologising to his mother for not being able to do anything for her. In the letter, Malekar, who lost his father a few months ago, then requests his brother to take care of his mother since he will no longer be there.
He also alleges “people at the workplace harass me physically and mentally and there is no one to listen to me. My father taught me to fight adversity but this is Kalyug… here people will not even allow you to die in peace…” He talks about how a senior official who he was hoping would understand him, did not even hear him out.
“Now that there has been disappointment from all side, I have decided to kill myself. The senior officers (four names) are responsible for my death. There should be proper action against them. If action is not taken against them, I am sure god will punish them… If I wanted I could have killed them and then committed suicide. However, my upbringing is better than that.”
A colleague said that a few months ago, another Mumbai-based man who was working with Malekar had returned to Mumbai as he could not work under one of the superiors named by Malekar. As a result, the burden of work had fallen on Malekar, who was not paid for the extra work.
Confirming the incident, Eastern Naval Command spokesperson CG Raju said: “The person consumed cleaning solution and was admitted to the NRI hospital. Currently he is fully conscious and under observation. Once he is discharged, we will investigate the matter,” Raju told The Indian Express. When asked about the allegations against senior officers in the suicide note, Raju said that the department said that they did not receive the suicide note. “If there are any such allegations, they will be investigated once his statement is recorded.”