Woman jumps into sea, alcoholic hubby follows suit

Jun 28, 2013, 06:27 IST | Vinay Dalvi

While cops claim his drinking drove Ganesh and his wife Rekha Bhise to commit suicide, neighbours pin the blame on BMC's recent demolition drive in the locality

Mystery shrouds the death of Ganesh and Rekha Bhise’s death whose bodies were recovered by officials of the Worli and Dadar police station recovered from two different spots on Wednesday. While Rekha’s (40) body was recovered from Worli Seaface in the morning, officials of the Dadar police station found Ganesh’s (42) body at Worli Dudh Dairy that very night.

Ganesh Bhise and his wife Rekha committed suicide at Worli. Pic/Satyajit Desai 

The police said it was Ganesh’s alcoholism that drove Rekha to commit suicide and that Ganseh emulated her action. “They had an argument over money after which the woman threw herself into the sea and the husband followed her at Worli Koliwada,” Deepak Pawar, senior inspector of the Worli police station, said.

But the Bhises’ neighbours had a different version. The other residents of Mahakali Nagar near Coast Guard in Worli claimed the real reason behind the husband-wife duo committing suicide was the demolition of their residence by the civic body.

“Our houses are already demolished and the BMC was supposed to raze their residence on Wednesday. But they committed suicide before that. They have three daughters of which one is married and the other two are still studying. The BMC cannot demolish houses in monsoon but they did for a builder and the police supported them,” alleged Rajendra Pawar, a local. When contacted, sources in the BMC said several notices were served before the demolition drive commenced.

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