Employee 'falls' to death from Pune hotel

Aug 13, 2013, 09:54 IST | A Correspondent

Cops have lodged a case of accidental death after the youth's body near Deccan Gymkhana, but say possibility of foul play can't be ruled out

The body of 19-year-old Sagar Laxman Borge was found next to Ramee Grand Hotel at Deccan Gymkhana yesterday morning. Local police have registered a case of accidental death. Cops say it’s possible the youth took his own life, though no suicide note has been recovered. According to preliminary reports death was caused by Borge falling off the 6th floor of the hotel.

Poser for police: Ramee Grand Hotel at Apte Road in Deccan where 19-year-old Sagar Borge was found dead on Monday morning

The deceased was presently residing in the hotel and was working there as a trainee room boy, informed officials from Deccan police station. “The teen fell around 1.30 am. People present heard someone scream, and on looking around they found Sagar lying near the hotel lobby. We are probing the matter. For now, we have registered it as accidental death,” said inspector Manohar Joshi.

Grief-stricken: Sagar Borge’s mother waiting for relatives outside Sassoon hospital’s mortuary. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

According to cops, Borge is a resident of the Borgewadi, Patan and had taken up the employment after completing a course in hotel management from Kolhapur. “As per the information available, he might have fallen off on his own. But we cannot rule out the possibility of foul play and are investigating the matter from all angles. We’ve heard that he did not have any quarrel with any other staff member,” Joshi added.

“He had been called from a room asking for shampoo and towel, but he never reached there. CCTV cameras are present only on the ground floor, and the deceased can be seen in the footage after falling,” the inspector said. “We came to know about the incident early in the morning, when some people from the hotel came to our house and escorted us here to Pune. We had had a general conversation with him the previous day. We have bought a buffalo, and we had a chat about that,” Sunanada Borge, the deceased’s mother, said. Borge is survived by his father, a farmer, mother, brother and sister.

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