A day after the 17-year-old son of a retired police officer allegedly shot himself to death with his father's revolver, the Versova police said the boy had sent an SMS to his father minutes before taking the extreme step, saying he is sorry he couldn't fulfill his family's expectations and that he no longer wishes to live.
Ashish Mohite, a Std XII student in Patkar College, Goregaon (West), shot himself in his building in Golden Sands, Versova, around 8pm on Tuesday. His parents were away, while his older brother was at home. He went inside the bathroom with the licensed revolver and allegedly shot himself in the head. His brother heard the noise and found him lying in a pool of blood. His father, Ramesh, was immediately alerted, who informed the police. The police are recording statements of the family members.
"According to his father, Ashish was disturbed over his studies. He was not very keen to pursue engineering like his brother, and was unable to score well in exams. He did not attend school regularly," said Arundati Rane, senior inspector of Versova police.
She added that on the day he shot himself, he had informed his parents that his teachers wanted to meet them as he was not regular in class and missed a lot of lectures. "He seemed to be under pressure due to studies and was unable to cope. We have not been able to take his mother's statement as she's not in a position to talk. We will talking to school officials," added Rane.
Ashish's father Ramesh retired as an inspector from Belapur police station in 2012. The Versova police have registered a case of accidental death.