Pune: Alert Shiv Sena workers and police in a co-ordinated and swift action within 25 minutes on Sunday (August 23) evening saved a person's life after a suicide note surfaced on social media platform Facebook.
Dr Neelam Gorhe along with Bharti Vidyapeeth police traced and counselled the person to rethink about the decision. Investigations revealed that the person had taken the decision after a dispute within the family.
Parag Gulawani from Vita near Sangli telephoned Shiv Sena MLC Dr Neelam Gorhe at around 7 pm on Sunday. Gulawani informed her that a person from Pune had posted a suicide note on Facebook. Gulawani also took a screenshot of the post and forwarded it to her. Dr Gorhe contacted Pune Police Commissioner Dr K Venkatesham. Dr Venkatesham asked Deputy Commissioner of Police Shirish Sardeshpande to look into the matter who later asked the Bharati Vidyapeeth police to launch an investigation.
Meanwhile, Dr Gorhe and her personal assistant Yogesh Jadhav started inquiring with several people in Pune on behalf of the person. Shiv Sena's Deputy Chief of city unit Kiran Sali got the details about the person. He informed Dr Gorhe and police. Based on that information a team of police personnel reached the person's house, but they could not find anyone. Police then traced the person based on the mobile location details.
They asked the person what the problem was. Thereafter the person deleted the Facebook post. The person changed decision about suicide after discussions with police, relatives and Shiv Sena activists. Accordingly, the person again posted on Facebook and clarified that the decision was taken due to a family dispute but it has been retracted.
Regarding this incident, Dr Gorhe tweeted and informed Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and State Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray. She has also thanked Pune Police Commissioner K Venkatesham for his prompt response. Dr Gorhe said that it was a matter of satisfaction that due to the vigilant Shiv Sainiks and the promptness of the police, one person's life was saved.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Shirish Sardeshpande said, "Based on the details received, the Bharti Vidyapeeth police immediately traced the person's house and counselled him. So the person changed the decision about suicide."
Kiran Sali said, "The concerned person was earlier staying in the Peth areas of the city. So when the activists inquired, they got their mobile number. We feel good that we could save a person's life during Ganeshotsav."