Depressed over wife’s death, man ends life

Depressed over his wife's death due to a heart attack, an Ambarnath resident committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train a few hours after her death on Sunday.

Police sources said the matter came to light around 9 am on Sunday, when the body of Venkatesh Madiwal (45) was found on the railway tracks between Ambarnath and Badlapur railway stations. The body was identified by Bhaskar Shirsol (20), Madiwal's nephew, who turned up at the Kalyan railway police station an hour later, saying his uncle had left the house in a depressed state of mind.

Shirsol was taken to the hospital where he identified the body. Inquiries revealed that the Ambarnath police had recorded an accidental death report for Madiwal's wife, Lakshmi, a few hours ago.

"Shirsol said Madiwal's wife Lakshmi (40) had died around 4 am on on Sunday. The couple worked as daily wage labourers. On Saturday night, Lakshmi complained of chest pain. Madiwal took her to two hospitals, but she could not be admitted as neither hospital had senior, qualified doctors on duty. He was taking her to a third hospital in Ambarnarth when she died on the way, in the autorickshaw," said an officer from Ambarnath police station.

A depressed Madiwal took her home and laid the body near their 15-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter, who were asleep. He sat near the body for several hours before leaving the house.

On the way out, he met Shirsol, who stays in Ambarnath and had rushed to the Madiwal residence after Madiwal called him about Lakshmi's death.

"Shirsol saw Madiwal heading towards the railway station and became suspicious, but decided to leave him alone as he was disturbed. An hour later, he heard from some friends that a man had died under a train, and fearing the worst, decided to check," the officer added.

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