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Builder’s suicide: Kin receive threats

The kin of Thane’s prominent builder Suraj Parmar, who committed suicide last month, have allegedly received threats from an unidentified caller, police said.

Parmar’s 20-year-old son Abhishek claimed to have received a call on Monday evening from an unidentified person who asked him not to pursue the case any further, they said. Naupada police station’s senior inspector M D Survase said an offence under section 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) of IPC has been registered in this regard.

He also said that Assistant Commissioner of Police Dilip Gore, who is investigating the Suraj Parmar suicide case, has also recorded the statement of Abhishek. As a part of the probe, the police also summoned former Thane Municipal Corporation Commissioner Nanakumar Jantre on Monday and recorded his statement in connection with the case.

Parmar, a leading city-based builder, had shot himself on October 7. His suicide note alleged that a nexus of corporators and officials was harassing him for bribes. Thane Police had later registered a case of abetment of suicide under the IPC and ‘criminal misconduct’ under the Prevention of Corruption Act as the suicide note allegedly named four corporators – Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (independent).

All the four corporators had later approached the Bombay High Court for anticipatory bail after their pre-arrest bail pleas were rejected by Thane sessions court. The High Court had last week granted them interim protection from arrest and posted the hearing of their pre-arrest bail pleas to November 23. As his death sparked nationwide protests by realty developers, Maharashtra Chief Minister Fadnavis had last month asked the Thane Commissioner of Police to take stern action in connection with the case against the guilty.

The CM had also directed that his kin should not be troubled during the course of investigation.

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