MUMBAI: An alert from Facebook’s Ireland office helped police save a 23-year-old Dhule college dropout within an hour of his slitting his throat live on social media.
Cyber police DCP Rashmi Karandikar got the alert about the suicide bid by Dnyaneshwar Patil around 8.10pm on Sunday. And within 15 minutes, technical officer assistant inspector Ravikiran Nale tracked Patil’s location and informed Nashik SP Chinmay Pandit. “By 9pm, a Deopur police team reached the youth’s house and rushed him to hospital. He was given timely medical assistance for the cut which was not deep,” Pandit said.
Patil was in an inebriated state and alone at home. In the past too, he had tried to end his life, said his mother, a home guard. “The SP has counselled Patil and advised him to get a job,” said a police officer.
Suicide prevention helplines and counselling help in preventing suicides, say experts. For help, one can call BMC’s helplines on 24131212 or 91-2224131212.