Aurangabad: The case of an 18-year-old from the Maratha community allegedly committing suicide took a turn after the police found that the purported suicide note found in his register was forged. A case has been registered with the Beed rural police station against unidentified suspects for the forgery.
Initially, it was claimed that the student, Vivek Kalyan Rahade, was dejected over the Supreme Court’s stay on Maratha reservation.
Beed superintendent of police R Raja told TOI: “The police learnt about the suicide note only after it went viral on social media. Later, the deceased youth’s register was seized and his answer sheets were sent for the opinion of a handwriting expert — who concluded that the student’s natural handwriting did not match the handwriting in the suicide note.”
The officer said an offence under IPC sections 465 (forgery), 471 (fraudulently using a forged document as genuine), 505-B (with intent to incite, or which is likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class) has been booked. Raja added the police are trying to find the perpetrators who planted the forged letter to give the suicide a different colour.
The youth was found hanging from a tree in a farm on September 30. Though there were reports that he was upset with his performance in the NEET, those close to the boy’s family claimed Rahade was also dejected over the SC stay on Maratha reservation and that he had left a suicide note to that effect.
Preliminary probe indicated that the youth had obtained good marks in the HSC examination and was expecting to do well in NEET.
However, he didn’t perform as per his expectations and was, therefore, upset. The purported suicide note was not found on his body, but was later handed to the police by Rahade’s relatives who said the boy had left the note at his home in Kotura village in the Beed taluka.
The note, the police said, stated that since he (Rahade) belonged to a poor family, he wanted to do well in life. “But with the Maratha reservation gone, his dreams were shattered. The note also stated that since he could not afford medical education in a private institution, he had decided to end his life,” said police.