A good student, an athlete, a cheerful kid were all that the police got from their investigation so far in the death of 12-year-old Dharmik Shah. Based on their findings, they suspect that the boy might have slipped from the terrace of the 12-storey building in Kandivli instead of the earlier reports of him committing suicide. But the cops have kept all options open and are still investigating all the aspects.
Police yesterday took statements of Dharmik’s parents, school as well as tuition teachers and classmates. But nothing indicated that the boy had committed suicide. His family and friends said he was a very cheerful boy. Mukund Pawar, senior police inspector at Kandivli police station, said they are not ruling out any option as yet.
A pedestrian had seen Dharmik on the terrace boundary wall of his 12-storey building in Kandivli on Wednesday afternoon and before he could rescue him, he fell down and died. Also, the CCTV footage showed him kissing the floor thrice before entering the terrace.
According to a source, Dharmik before leaving for his French class had also told his mother that he did not want to go.
The police had earlier suspected suicide but since no suicide note was found from the spot and the autopsy report they received yesterday said multiple injuries were the cause of death, they are thinking otherwise.
When mid-day visited Ajmera Global School, where Dharmik studied, school administration head Rajeev Saxena said Dharmik wanted to be a cricket commentator for a match in the school on Wednesday but his teachers didn’t let him because he would have missed his bus.
He also competed with 39 other students two days before his death and bagged a spot in the top eight for a race in the school. Academically, Dharmik was an above average student who used to achieve over 60 per cent marks in his IB board school, which is a commendable score. He was also taking tuitions for French at a nearby mall. Dharmik was adopted by his parents from a Vile Parle-based missionary and since birth he had a 60 per cent hearing disability for which he used to wear hearing aids, the source added.