Man commits suicide by jumping into Chenab

A 35-year-old man allegedly committed suicide on Monday by jumping into river Chenab, police said.

Eyewitnesses said the man climbed railing of the of Ganpat bridge at Pul Doda on Batote-Kishtwar national highway and jumped into the river.

He has been identified as Muhammad Rafiq, son of Ghulam Hassan, a resident of Sekwan village.

“It surfaced from the statements of the eyewitnesses that the man jumped into the river. He was a farmer and daily wage worker,” said Munir Khan, SHO Doda.

An eyewitness has told the police that Rafiq was coming from Doda city side on foot and suddenly stopped on the bridge, climbed the railing and jumped into the river.

“We are trying our best to fish out the body, but due to very fast currents, it is difficult to locate the body immediately,” said Khan, adding investigation proceeding under section 174 will be initiated only after retrieving the body.

He said police will also record statements of the family. Preliminary Investigations have revealed that Rafiq was allegedly under stress over “a family dispute”, due to which he took the extreme step, the SHO said.