Mumbai: Harshal Raote (44), a resident of Chembur in Mumbai, committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of Mantralaya on Thursday. The victim was rushed to the nearby Saint George Hospital, where was declared dead on arrival.
Raote’s suicide comes close on the heels of the suicide of Dharma Patil, a farmer from Dhule, who had also jumped from Mantralaya.
Notably, on Wednesday, Avinash Shete had tried to commit suicide by self-immolation at the Garden Gate of Mantralaya. Shete is a resident of Nevase in Ahmednagar district and was apparently upset over failing to clear the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examination.
According to the Marine Lines police, Harshal is a resident of Chembur and was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder case of his sister-in-law. He was out on furlough and was serving his sentence in Paithan Open Jail. Raote had served almost 12 years in jail and was trying to reduce the sentence, for which he came to Mantralaya. The police found a letter in his pocket addressed to a judge, which begins with ‘My lord’. The police however refused to reveal any further information.
“Harshal Raote was a prisoner life convict in Paithan prison. He was on furlough from January 10. Thursday was last day on furlough,” said BK Upadhyay, Additional DG (Prisons).
Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde and NCP leader Ajit Pawar were the first to reach Mantralaya after the incident. Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that the police are investigating the mater. “We are still investigating why Raote was in Mantralaya and in which case he was sentenced to jail,” he said. Tawde also said that whether he accidentally fell or committed suicide will be investigated by the police. “The CCTV footage will be examined to see what exactly happened,” he said.