A 24-year-old college student died after allegedly jumping from his suite on the 19th floor of the luxury hotel Taj Lands End in the suburban area of Mumbai’s Bandra West, on Monday evening right after going live on Facebook with a ‘tutorial’ on committing suicide.
Arjun Bhardwaj, who hailed from Bengaluru, was studying at a college in suburban Vile Parle, a senior police official said.
According to the police, Bhardwaj, a student of Narsee Monjee college in the suburbs of Mumbai, booked a suite on the 19th floor of the hotel around 3 pm and then around 6.30 pm hurtled himself off the building.
According to the police, Bhardwaj had posted a video on Facebook about steps to kill oneself before taking the extreme step.
“I’m a drug addict… I don’t want to live anymore and hence committing suicide,” the official said, quoting the suicide note purportedly written by him.
The suicide note was found from the hotel room.
In the video posted by him, he recorded a video on ‘five steps’ to killing oneself.
The video, which is 1 minute and 44 seconds in duration, he lists five steps – write notes to people, get drunk, eat, check out the view and die.
The video ends with Bhardwaj smiling and saying goodbye.
The 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 taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
Bhardwaj had submitted proper documents before checking in, which helped the officials identify him.
The body has been sent for post-mortem.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police tweeted urging youngsters to reach out to them. “Deeply bereaved with suicide of a young boy in the city. We urge the youngsters to reach out to us #WeAreListening,” tweeted the Mumbai Police.
-- With inputs from PTI
Image: Arjun Bhardwaj, who hailed from Bengaluru, was studying at a college in suburban Vile Parle.