A waiter from a Thane hotel committed suicide after allegedly being subjected to racist remarks by two of his colleagues and the manager. The young man was often taunted about his nationality and singled out for mistakes. The police have arrested all three for abetment.
Ramesh Bhirban, who hailed from Nepal, was working at Titli Veg Hotel at Muktai Nagar for the past three years. The police said he hanged himself on May 4 at an apartment in the neighbourhood that his employer has hired for his staffers' stay.
Bhirban, 20, did not leave behind any suicide note, the police said.
Quoting other employees from the hotel, the Kapurbawdi police said Bhirban had established a good rapport with most of his colleagues. However, two waiters and the managers would target him for no apparent reason. They would call him a 'Nepali' every now and then.
The police said the taunts were not just confined to the hotel. Whenever the manager turned up at the staff quarter, the two waiters would join him in making fun of Bhirban. Once the youth made it clear it that he did not like the remarks, but it enraged the trio, said the police.
Bhirban tried his best to cope with the situation by not responding to the mental torture. However, of late it had gone from bad to worse, said police sources. Around 2 pm on May 4, colleagues found him hanging from the ceiling. He was taken to a hospital, but doctors declared him dead on arrival.
The police said a few relatives of the deceased also claimed that the waiter was being harassed. The police do not suspect any foul play in the case, said sources.
Assistant Inspector J Kadam from Kapurbawdi police station said, "We have been told that the deceased was often teased by three people. We did not find any suicide note from the spot. We have arrested the trio and questioned more than half a dozen people in this case. The investigation is on."