A railway employee allegedly attempted suicide after shooting himself with a country-made revolver at his residence in Khar (West) on Thursday afternoon. The Khar police have registered a case of attempt to suicide against Shaikh.
Shaikh resides on the third floor of building number 205, in the Western Railway (WR) colony, situated on SV Road in Khar, along with his wife and mother. "Shaikh works as a gang-man with the WR. He was not going to work for the past one month due to health issues," said a police officer.
The incident occurred around 1pm when Shaikh was sitting in his living room, and his mother was in the bedroom. Shaikh's wife has recently got a job in a restaurant and she was away at work. "When Shaikh was sitting in the living room, without alerting his mother, he locked he door of the bedroom. He then shot himself with a country-made revolver on his chest," the officer said.
"When Shaikh's mother heard the sound, she was shocked and called Shaikh's friend who lives on the second floor of the same building. When his friend reached the house, he found that the main door was locked from inside. He immediately alerted the neighbours and they entered the flat through an adjoining bathroom," said a police officer.
"Shaikh was lying in a pool of blood so they rushed him to Bhabha hospital and Khar police was alerted about the incident. After two hours, Shaikh was shifted to KEM hospital for further treatment and his condition is now stable," the officer added.
Police inspector M Nerlekar of the Khar police station said, "We spoke to the family and learned that Shaikh was depressed due to his high diabetes and blood pressure. That could be one of the reasons why he tried to kill himself."
"We are investigating the case from all possible angles and also trying to find out how Shaikh acquired the revolver," Nerlekar said.
"Shaikh is very friendly and we never thought he could do such thing. He was depressed since the past one month and last evening when he visited us, we chatted for around half an hour," said Vaishali Pawar, Shaikh's neighbour.