The revolver, used by the gold businessman, was a licenced weapon that belongs to his father.
Mumbai: A 40-year-old gold businessman allegedly shot himself inside his car at Sai Baba Marg in Parel on Friday. Before taking the extreme step, Ashwin Lalit Jain had apparently sent a text to his friends, “My life is over”.
The incident came to light after a local resident found Jain’s body in a pool of blood in the back seat of his Maruti Wagon-R around 1.30 pm. There was a revolver in his right hand. He, immediately, alerted police.
“We think Jain shot himself on the right temple. It looks like the body was found around 12 hours after he shot himself,” said a police officer.
The revolver, used by Jain, was a licenced weapon that belongs to his father, added the officer.
Jain’s wife and other family members informed police that he could have taken the extreme step as he was in debt.
Jain, a resident of Khatau building in Parel, left his home on Thursday afternoon. His mobile phone was switched off and he had also left his gold ornaments and other valuables at home.
When he did not return by night, his father, also a gold businessman filed a missing person’s complaint with Kalachowki police around 10 pm.
A friend of Jain, who was at his residence on Friday evening, said, “We have a WhatsApp group of school friends, created about three months ago. Since Thursday there were messages posted in the group about Ashwin missing from his home. We thought he would return, but I was shocked when I saw the message about Ashwin having shot himself.”
A case of accidental death has been registered and the body sent for post-mortem .