A 23-year-old youth committed suicide by jumping off the Mumbai’s Taj Hotel on Monday. Minutes before taking his life, the victim identified as Arjun Bharadwaj had streamed a Facebook Live video, which went viral on social media.
According to the Bandra police, Arjun Bharadwaj, who hailed from Bengaluru was a student in Mumbai’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. Bharadwaj had been living in the city since 2013, the official said.
Bhardwaj had booked a suite on the 19th floor of a the Taj Land’s End hotel in Bandra on Monday and around 3 am he had checked into the hotel. He jumped from the room by breaking the glass of the window around 6:30 PM, the official said.
The police said he left a suicide note in which he wrote depression and drug use had taken a toll on his life. He had also apologized to his parents for taking the drastic step. In the Facebook Live video, Bharadwaj is seen wearing a white robe and is heard recording a “tutorial about how to (commit) suicide”.
He posted on Facebook before his deathThe hotel’s security personnel said they heard a loud thud on the premises and soon rushed to the spot where they found Bhardwaj lying in pool of blood.
He was then taken to Leelavati hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
Bhardwaj had submitted proper documents before checking in, which helped the officials identify him. His body has been sent for post-mortem.
The social media profile of the youth is being checked by police to ascertain the motives behind the drastic measure.
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