Mumbai Police Force One commando commits suicide weeks before wedding

Apr 27, 2013, 07:30 IST | Saurabh Vaktania

Depressed over his fiance's alleged relationship with another man, the 25-year-old shot himself with his service pistol

A 25-year-old commando from the Mumbai Police Force One team shot himself with his own pistol at the Kalina police camp last morning. He shot himself on the left side of his chest. Police suspect that Nandlal Sonavne was depressed over his troubled relationship with his fiance and so decided to take his life. He was just weeks away from his wedding.

Sonavne, who had been a part of Mumbai Police’s Force One team for over two years, was depressed owing to problems with his fiance

According to officials from Vakola police station, Sonavne was a native of Dhule district in north-western Maharashtra. He was engaged to a girl from his village and was due to marry her on May 12. The police said Sonavne joined the Mumbai police force three years back and was in the Force One team for the last two years.

He typed out a text message in Marathi on his mobile phone before taking his life, stating, ‘I love my parents and friends from my village. I also love my colleagues at the training camp, but I am not good enough for others. I don’t want to survive any longer’.

A source also said that he further wrote, ‘How can I marry a person who cannot be trusted?’ Police officials said that a few weeks ago, Sonavne learnt of an alleged relationship between his fiance and another man. He was depressed and wasn’t communicating with his friends in the training camp since then.

Last morning, after taking a bathe, Sonavne took his Australian pistol and went to a terrace. He typed out the message but didn’t send it to anyone. After this, he shot himself in his chest and died at the spot. He was rushed to the local hospital and was declared dead upon arrival. The police have registered an Accidental Death Report and are waiting for his family members to arrive from Dhule.

Force One
It’s a counter terrorism unit guards the Mumbai metropolitan area. It was formed under the Maharashtra Police on the lines of the National Security Guards in the wake of the 26/11 terror attacks.

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