A 30-year-old man from Mumbai allegedly died by suicide inside a car alleging constant harassment from wife, mother-in-law and wife’s maternal uncle. The police recovered a carbon monoxide gas cylinder in the car and they suspect that the victim died of suffocation.
During the investigation, the police found a voice message that was sent by the victim on a WhatsApp group on the day of the incident. The WhatsApp group which has three members received a voice note where the victim said that he is ending his life as he is fed up with the taunts and harassment by his wife, mother-in-law and wife’s maternal uncle.
The victim has been identified as Ankit Poddar. He was residing with his parents at Borivali east. Initially, the Samta Nagar police had registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR). However, later Ankit’s father, Narendra Poddar (60), who is a Chartered Accountant, registered an abetment of suicide case with the police. The officials have arrested the victim’s wife Vandana and her uncle Pavan Didvani.
Narendra Poddar told Mid-Day,
Ankit worked at a private firm in Lower Parel till June 2019. After that, he worked at different banks and got married to Vandana in the same year. Vandana also worked in a bank at lower Parel.
Ankit seemed very upset months after marriage. When we asked him, Ankit said Vandana never let him have physical relations with her and taunted him.
He also alleged that Vandana’s maternal uncle threatened him and Ankit with trapping them in false cases and sending them to jail. Mr Poddar alleged,
Vandana’s uncle also took Rs 12.5 lakh from Ankit as wedding expenditure, due to which Ankit went into depression.
Husband Ends Life
Ankit’s friends searched for his Google location with the help of his laptop and rushed to Shivam Mall in Thakur Village at Kandivali. They found him sitting in the back seat of the car with a face mask and a gas cylinder was lying on the seat.
He was rushed to Shatabdi Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. An officer from Samta Nagar police station.
We have arrested two accused – the victim’s wife and her uncle – under Sections 306 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Both the accused were produced before the court and have been remanded to police custody.
Suicide Prevention Contact Details:
Men in distress due to family problems and threats of false cases can contact either of the NGOs listed here: Men Welfare Trust, MyNation Hope Foundation, Save Indian Family Foundation, Vaastav Foundation