Panic on Church Street as jilted lover threatens suicide

Police say Joseph had problems and was admitted to NIMHANS

Joseph threatening to jump from the roof of a restaurant on Church Street in the City on Tuesday. Police  reaching out to the jilted lover. The lover being rescued to safety. DH Photo by Megha Shenoy

Joseph, as he called himself, was on the roof of Mast Kalandar, a restaurant on Church Street threatening to jump to death, claiming love failure as the reason. Even as the initial stage of panic refused to make him give up, he showed little control over his behaviour. Curious by-standers soon indulged in commenting and laughing, as the Cubbon Park police attempted a heroic rescue.

With a stone in one hand and his belt in the other, a semi-nude, heart-broken Joseph threatened to hurt anybody trying to get close to him, keeping the drama alive longer.

However, there was relief soon as a cop pulled the boy towards him. Then Roopa Hadagali, a Sub-Inspector at the Cubbon Park station took charge and Joseph was taken to custody.
The boy refused to co-operate with the cops initially. Later, he gave some details, including his name, his lovers’ names, (he had one here and one elsewhere) and the phone number of his Bangalore lover to a Deccan Herald reporter. However, the number given by Joseph did not exist.

He also wrote down the church’s name he belongs to as Jangalia Baptist Church. However, he confessed he did not want to go back. Replying in monosyllables, the boy confessed that both his lovers Moriam (in Bangalore) and Kabari had rejected his proposals, leading him to take this extreme step.

The Cubbon Park police said Joseph had some problem and was admitted to NIMHANS. He did not disclose much details, added the police.

DH News Service

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