BJP questions delay in filing FIR in suicide case in Pune

The Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis seeks a thorough probe in alleged suicide by a 23-year-old woman in the city

February 13, 2021 08:48 am | Updated 08:48 am IST - Mumbai

Devendra Fadnavis. File

Devendra Fadnavis. File

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis on Friday questioned the delay by the Maharashtra police in filing a First Information Report (FIR) in the alleged suicide by a 23-year-old woman in Pune city, and sought a thorough probe.

Mr. Fadnavis told reporters that he has written to the Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) about the incident and sought his intervention.

The woman, who hailed from Beed district, died after falling from the balcony of a flat in Hadapsar area of Pune in the wee hours of Monday. Some social media posts had claimed that she was in a relationship with a State minister.

‘Social media celeb’

The woman was reportedly known for her videos on social media platforms such as TikTok and Instagram. After her death, audio clips of her purported conservation with two people also went viral.

“My office received 12 clips of two persons talking about the woman,” Mr. Fadnavis said, adding that he has forwarded these clips to the DGP’s office.

“It is unfortunate that a young woman who was making her name on social media dies in a suspicious manner. I cannot understand what is stopping the Pune police from filing an FIR,” the former chief minister said.

BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar had alleged in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday that a State minister was involved in the case.

A senior official from Wanwadi police station said on Friday that an accidental death report was registered in the case, and an FIR is registered in such cases only if probe confirms that it was a suicide. “There was no suicide note. But we are probing all angles,” he said.

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