Published On: Tue, Aug 18th, 2015

Kin suspect foul play in customs officer’s death

Mumbai: The grieving family of deceased Customs appraiser Rishi Ranjan, who allegedly committed committed suicide by throwing himself before a running train on Saturday morning, protested at DRI office at Churchgate demanding a detailed probe into the incident.

Man committed suicide by jumping in front of train.Representative photo

Man committed suicide by jumping in front of train.
Representative photo

The family suspects Ranjan was “killed” and did not commit suicide.

Ranjan’s family members, including his wife and mother, refused to leave the DRI premises till late night on Monday amid heavy police bandobast at the location.

The Customs officer had been suspended on July 29 during a DRI probe into a case of illegally smuggled cigarettes worth Rs 4.24 crore.

“DRI illegally detained him for three days in connection with a smuggling case. He returned home only on August 14, the next day we heard that his body was found near a railway track in Panvel. We suspect he was killed,” a relative said.

Additional director general DRI, P K Dash met the father and brother of the deceased on Monday. “I said them, our investigation has been fair and the officer was not targeted,” Dash said.

The police said that the family members had so far not filed any complaint with them, However police summoned a top Customs officer, posted with JNPT, to record his statement pertaining to the inquiry of the suicide.

A lengthy suicide note, that was found near the suicide spot, narrates the entire incident up to his suspension. Police found names of two former DRI officers in the suicide note but Ranjan has apparently not mentioned in the note that he was innocent, nor that he was contemplating suicide.

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