Aurangabad: PhD student sets himself, lover afire; dies a day later

Times of India | 5 days ago | 23-11-2022 | 09:10 am

Aurangabad: PhD student sets himself, lover afire; dies a day later

AURANGABAD: City police, investigating the case of Gajanan Munde — a PhD student — setting himself ablaze and hugging his girlfriend, have found that this was the 30-year-old’s third suicide attempt. Munde, who had sustained around 98% burns, succumbed to the injuries in the early hours of Tuesday. During a search carried out at Munde’s room in the PhD hostel of the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu), police found two suicide notes. One of the notes seemed to have been around six to eight months old. Moreover, before leaving the room on Monday, the man left a note on a blackboard that said that it was his last day and he blamed his girlfriend for forcing him to take the extreme step. Inspector Geeta Bagwade said prima facie it appears that the accused failed to accept the fact that the girl — 28-year-old Pooja Salve — no longer wanted to be in a relationship with him. “It appears they have been fighting over this issue for the past several months,” she said. Another officer, who is part of the investigation team, said after reading the two notes it appears that it was his third attempt to take the extreme step. “Police teams are now working to identify the dates of the previous two attempts,” the officer said. Salve sustained around 55% burns and is battling for life at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). Doctors said her condition deteriorated on Tuesday and she has been shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Based on the complaint lodged by Salve’s relatives, Munde and his parents have been booked by the Begumpura police station for attempt to murder and other sections of the IPC. Following Munde’s death, an autopsy was performed and the body was handed over to the family. It was taken to Yeldari in Jintur of Parbhani district for the last rites. Approach police seniors if complaints ignored: CPMeanwhile, amidst allegations that the police failed to initiate stringent preventive action against Munde, the Aurangabad police commissioner Nikhil Gupta on Tuesday said that women or their family members facing any kind of harassment should directly approach senior police officers — ranks of assistant commissioners of police (ACPs) and higher — if they feel that their complaints are not being taken seriously at the police station level. Gupta has ordered the police stations to freshly scrutinise all the applications of harassment and stalking. Salve’s family has claimed that perturbed by Munde’s stalking, she had gone to lodge a complaint against him at the Cidco police station on August 22. Later, for some reason, she backed out of registering a complaint. Police, however, made a station diary entry of this episode. The probe has also found that Salve also went to the Begumpura police station on a couple of occasions in October to get an FIR registered against Munde. But again she did not let the police register an FIR and a non-cognizable (NC) offence was registered against Munde. “Though it appears that the woman was unwilling to proceed with the registration of an offence for stringent action against Munde, an inquiry has still been initiated to ascertain the nature of her complaints and what action was taken by the Begumpura police,” Gupta said. “Irrespective of the age group, any individual can dial 112 and the patrolling team would contact them within seven to eight minutes,” he added.

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