Body found hanging from electrical wires inside Mumbai's KEM Hospital

Security staff suspects the deceased to be a thief, who tried to break into the psychiatry department research office to steal valuables; cops say it could be a suicide, are probing the case from all possible angles

The police have a mystery on their hands, after an unidentified youth was found hanging from electrical wires installed above the staircase leading to the psychiatry department research office at the KEM Hospital in Parel. The circumstances under which the youngster died are yet to be determined.

The spot (circled) where the youth’s body was found hanging from the electrical wires installed above the staircase leading to the psychiatry department research office
The spot (circled) where the youth’s body was found hanging from the electrical wires installed above the staircase leading to the psychiatry department research office

A hospital staffer first spotted the body around 8 am yesterday, following which hospital security guards were informed. While the police say they are probing the case from all possible angles and suspect it to be a suicide, the hospital’s security staff has a different point of view.

Speaking to mid-day, KEM security head, Sandeep Patil, said, “We discovered that the grill was removed from one of the two windows above the staircase. It is a high-ceiling room, and the man must have climbed a tree adjacent to the building to gain access to the window.

We are guessing that while trying to come down, he must have lost his balance and gotten entangled in the wires installed below the windows. This might have lead to accidental strangulation, causing his death. We suspect the deceased to be a thief, who was trying to break into the office to steal something. We immediately informed the Bhoiwada police about the body.”

Cops call it suicide
Senior Police Inspector Sunil Tondwalkar from Bhoiwada police station said, “We are investigating the case from every possible angle, but prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide. We have registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR) for now.” A sub-inspector told mid-day that since they did not find any identity proof on the deceased, nor had anyone come forward to claim the body, the youngster remained unidentified.

'I was shocked'
Requesting anonymity, the ward boy who spotted the body said that when he entered the building, the main door leading to the stairs was locked and a foul odour was emanating from the other side.

“I was shocked when I looked up and saw a pair of feet hanging from the ceiling. I rushed out to inform the security officials. I’ve never seen that man in the hospital before. He appeared to be in his late 20s,” he said.

A post-mortem was conducted on the body at the hospital in the afternoon, and the report revealed asphyxiation as the cause of death. “There were no injury marks or any indication that the deceased had struggled before dying,” said Dr Harish Pathak, head of the forensic department, KEM Hospital.

Dean speak
Dr Shubhangi Parkar, head of the psychiatry department and acting dean of KEM Hospital, said, “I have no idea as to why he tried to break into the research office. However, we’re guessing that he was attempting to steal computers from the office. We are waiting for the police to throw more light on the case.”

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