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Builder suicide: Police book relative for abetment

Raj Kandhari  

The Sanpada police on Friday arrested a relative and business associate of deceased builder Raj Kandhari, who shot himself at his Sanpada flat on May 9, for allegedly abetting his suicide.

Kandhari had allegedly shot himself in the head in his bedroom. After battling for his life for a day, he died the next evening. The police initiated investigations into the matter.

The final entry in Kandhari’s diary indicated that he was depressed, but it did not specify the exact reason behind the extreme step.

According to the police, the arrested accused has been identified as Vipin Thapar, who is also a builder based in Navi Mumbai, and is related to Kandhari. The police said that the breakthrough in their investigation came when they conducted a search of Kandhari’s office on Thursday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Prashant Khaire, Zone I, Navi Mumbai, said: “We found a single page suicide note in Kandhari’s office during the search. While it is not be prudent to reveal the exact contents of the note, it clearly pointed towards Thapar. We subsequently called Thapar to the police station for inquiries on Friday, and later placed him under arrest in the evening.”

Sources with the Sanpada police said that there had been several financial transactions between Kandhari and Thapar, which had led to Kandhari being in Thapar’s debt. Thapar was allegedly harassing Kandhari over these debts, and the harassment had intensified over the past couple of months, which was mentioned in the suicide note.

“We are still verifying some of the aspects of the case, and are probing further into the financial transactions between Kandhari and Thapar,” Mr Khaire said.

Thapar has been charged with abetment to suicide under the Indian Penal Code and will be produced in court on Saturday, where the police will seek his custody for further investigation, said officials.



Sources said there had been many financial dealings Kandhari and Vipin Thapar, his relative



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