New Delhi: A senior technician with Jet Airways, who was suffering from cancer allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the terrace of his four-storeyed building in Nalasopara East. As per functionaries of Jet Airways Staff and Employees Association, Shailesh Singh (45) was facing “financial constraints” as employees of the grounded airline have not got salaries for a long time. Singh is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.
Speaking to PTI, a police official said,”He was suffering from cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. Prime facie, it seems he was suffering from depression due to the ailment.” It was the first suicide of an employee since the airline suspended operations, these functionaries claimed.
The deceased’s son is also working in the operations department of the airline, they added. Meanwhile, an accidental death case has been registered and a probe was underway into the incident.
Earlier in the day, over 200 employees of Jet Airways took out a candlelight march near Jantar Mantar here appealing to the lenders of the airline and the Centre to “Save Jet Airways”. The employees were carrying placards with slogans such as “Save Jet Airways, Save Our Future” and “We have dependents to feed, please don’t let 9W bleed”. 9W is the code for Jet Airways like 6E is for IndiGo.
Majority of the employees, including engineers, flight crew and cockpit crew, took part in the march wearing the airline’s uniform. The wives and children of some of the employees were also present.