Suicide note of woman who ended life at CST found

A day after Dombivali resident Anita Patel allegedly committed suicide inside the administrative building of Central Railway (CR), police found a suicide note in her bedroom Friday.

Patel (22) allegedly set herself on fire inside a toilet of the Divisional Railway Manager's office in CST Thursday.

Police said the letter titled 'My last note' mentions several people who are allegedly responsible for her taking the 'extreme step', including commercial inspector William Kerry. Following a complaint by Patel's father Kamlaprasad, police registered a complaint of abetment to suicide against Kerry Thursday.

Police said Patel had been trying to start off as a Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Sevak for the past eight months. She wrote in the note that JTBS norms had made life 'hell' for her and that people in the railway administration would make her wait for hours and not give her a response. "I did not want to die but I have to take this step due to these people," Patel wrote.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Ravindra Shisve said, "We are recording statements of Patel's parents based on what she has written."

Investigations have revealed that she had written to the railway administration in November, saying that she was fed up of the objections raised by Kerry.

Patel had acquired commercial space in Dombivali. However, Kerry, who conducted site inspections more than once, always found fault with her efforts. Kerry had allegedly filed several reports saying that she should follow the procedures properly.

Railway sources said eight days before Patel submitted a new request for JTBS in August, the Railway Board changed its policy on bank guarantee and mandated that

in case of withdrawal by applicant the amount (Rs 20,000)had to be forfeited. It is not yet known whether Patel was told about the new rule when she had applied under the scheme. Also, the amount of Rs 20,000 for networking charges with the Railways is non-refundable. Thus, her total non-refundable amounted to Rs 40, 000, sources said.

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