The family of the 20-year-old Dhwanil Shroff, who allegedly jumped to his death from a Kemp’s Corner flat, refuse to believe it was suicide, as claimed by his 10 friends with whom he was partying on Sunday morning.
The incident took place on the 19-floor flat of Janhavi Goel in the Woodlands building, where Dhwanil had gone for the get-together.
In their police statement, all his friends have claimed that Dhwanil was depressed throughout the party. However, his mother Priti, who runs a healing centre, said: “My son was a very active and a frank person. We had no communication gap with him and knew of his break-up, and he was alright with it. If it’s true that he jumped off, I am sure he was told something very harsh and it happened when he met his ex-girlfriend in the party after nine months.”
For Priti, who was a student counsellor at Cathedral School, the incident comes as a shock. “I have counselled drug and alcohol addicts and people now say that my own child was depressed. It’s impossible as Dhwanil would share everything with us over dinner every day,” she said.
Dhwanil’s father Kamlesh claimed, “My son, his ex-girlfriend and one more boy from the group had a heated argument for almost 45 minutes. Only after that argument Dhwanil must have taken the drastic step.”
According to the police statements of Jhanvi and five other friends, Dhwanil asked his ex-girlfriend about her relationship status to which she replied being single.
“At 2am, the two had a discussion in the kitchen but friends soon called them back in the living room, where everybody was watching football. Later, the two again went inside the kitchen and were seen deep in discussion. Later she left, while he jumped off the kitchen window,” said senior inspector Pradip Lonandkar of the Gamdevi police station.
Countering his friends’ version, that Dhwanil went into the kitchen to puke after drinking, his parents pointed out that it’s difficult to believe why a person will puke in the kitchen and not the bathroom.
Stating the recovery of vodka and beer from the house, Lonandkar said, “His friends said he would throw up in every party as he couldn’t handle alcohol. We are awaiting the forensic reports to find out what caused the boy to vomit.”
Seeking a more elaborate police probe into the incident, Kamlesh said, “A black belt in karate, Dhwanil was career conscious and was planning an MBA along with CFA from the US. Do you think a depressed child would be so mature about his career?”