Man falls 4 floors to death after being locked on terrace

Jan 10, 2013, 07:58 IST | Anup Satphale

The decision to chill out on a terrace ended in tragedy for a 25-year-old BPO staffer, who fell to his death from a four-storied commercial building in Camp yesterday afternoon.

The deceased identified as Sylvester Arland, and a friend went to the terrace of City Centre in Camp and a woman from an office on the top floor bolted the door leading to the roof. 

The woman then told Sylvester and his friend that she was going to call the police. “My nephew had gone to the terrace with his friend to spend time, but a woman from a construction firm office on top floor rebuked them and bolted the terrace door. She also threatened to call the police after bolting the door,” said Sylvester’s Uncle Joseph Arland.

Miscalculation: The City Centre building from where (Inset) Sylvester Arland fell while walking on a duct covered with a fibre sheet. Pics/Krunal Gosavi

As per the police report, after being locked on the terrace Sylvester and his friend attempted to cross over to the terrace of an adjacent building, but the fibre sheet spanning a duct was too weak. Sylvester’s friend managed to cross over, but it broke under the deceased’s weight. He crashed headlong into the concrete four storeys below.

He was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. According to the police, Marijuana (Ganga) was recovered from the pocket of the deceased and the cops suspect that lady from the office may have warned the duo earlier against going on the terrace.

Talking to MiD DAY Sylvester’s uncle claims that the accident could have averted. “My nephew and his friend where not doing anything illegal and had only gone to the terrace to relax and talk. If the lady had not locked the terrace door, this accident could have averted and he would still be alive.”

The watchman of the building, Sher Singh said, “Two policemen came to the building and asked me to escort them to the terrace. We reached the first floor and heard a loud thud. We went down and saw Sylvester lying in a pool of blood.”  

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