Arjun Bhardwaj's suicide: Day before killing self, Mumbai student's dad found him 'disturbed and depressed'

Arjun Bhardwaj, the 24-year-old student  who jumped off the room on the 19th floor of Hotel Taj Lands End in Bandra on Monday, had spoken to his father after live streaming the "tutorial on how to commit suicide" which has now gone viral. The Times of India reported that Chatur Harinarayan Bhardwaj spoke to his son on 2 April and found that Arjun was "disturbed and depressed."

Representational image. AFP.

Representational image. AFP.

According to the Mumbai Police, he had checked into the hotel at 3 pm on Monday, recorded the live, and then jumped off the hotel room after breaking the window. Arjun spoke to his father around 6.15 pm and ended his life 10 minutes after, the report added. The police reportedly found nine pages of suicide notes scattered across the room. In the note, Bhardwaj indicated that he was dealing with drug addiction, which took a toll on his life. He also apologised to his parents for taking the drastic step.

Arjun had checked into the hotel under the name of Milind Mehra. Though he paid Rs 45,000, he never mentioned the duration of his stay, added the report. According to The Indian Express, when his friends saw the video, they alerted the hotel staff. "Just as they (hotel staff) broke down the door and entered the room, Bhardwaj managed to break the window and jumped instantly. The staff were just a couple of seconds away from saving him,” an officer of the Bandra police station was quoted as saying.

Chatur Bhardwaj, a Bengaluru-based businessmen, has been in Mumbai since 1 April. He met his son at his Andheri flat, The Times of India report said. Chatur told the police that his son was depressed "due to repeated failure in exams." According to a DNA report, Arjun was also depressed about not being able to launch his start-up in Bengaluru. One of his friends told DNA that in the last few days, Arjun would call his friends in an inebriated state and tell them that he is depressed and wants to end his life.

A student of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bhardwaj's last few posts on Facebook revealed that he was trying to reach out to people. The posts were a desperate cry for help.

Updated Date: Apr 05, 2017 12:39 PM

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