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Maharashtra: 20-yr-old drowns in Powai lake, cops find suicide note in pocket

According to the officer, Salim and his colleague tried to rescue Zuber, and returned ashore to get a tube that Zuber could use to stay afloat .

A 20-year-old vegetable seller allegedly committed suicide by drowning himself in Powai lake on Sunday evening.

The youth, identified as Zuber Shaikh who was a resident of Saki Naka, left behind a note in his pant pocket that read “Sorry Sapna”, along with a 10-digit mobile number. According to the police, Zuber was returning home after visiting his uncle in Mumbra.

“Zuber left his unlce’s home around 1.30 pm on May 8 and was alone. He entered the lake near the L&T end, where a lot of people take a swim. Zuber swam about 50 metres into the water. It was a fisherman, Salim Shaikh (26), who first spotted him drowning,” said an officer attached with the Mulund police station.

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According to the officer, Salim and his colleague tried to rescue Zuber, and returned ashore to get a tube that Zuber could use to stay afloat .

“After they came back with the tube, they could not spot Zuber. They immediately contacted the fire brigade. According to eyewitnesses, Zuber was seen swimming about 50 metres into the lake. We are unsure how he drowned,” the officer added.

According to the officer, Salim and his colleague tried to rescue Zuber, and returned ashore to get a tube that Zuber could use to stay afloat .

“The depth of the lake is more than 15 metres, the officials used a hook to pull out Zuber. There was no identity card on him but the note found indicates the incident to be a case of suicide,” an officer said.

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When the police contacted the number on the note, it turned out to belong to a friend of Zuber, who also sold vegetables with him in Saki Naka. “We have registered a case of accidental death in the matter,” said Rajaram Vhanmane, Senior Police Inspector, Mulund police station.

First published on: 12-05-2016 at 01:06 IST
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