Raj Kandhari of Swaraj Builders and Developers Group shot himself at his Sanpada house Raj Uday where he lived with his parents, wife and kids. Sources inform NMTV that Raj was under depression for many months due to prolonged illness.He was also under tremendous stress & pressure over delay in one of his ongoing project in Ghansoli due to alleged bribe demands from NMMC Town planning officials and local politicians.
Monday’s incident came to light around 2.30 pm when a woman servant at Kandhari’s residence went to his room serve him lunch. In her statement to the police, the househelp said she found Kanhdari in a pool of blood. He was a holding his revolver in his right hand and had a bullet wound on the head.
The builder is survived by his mother, wife and two children. His wife Pooja and children, aged 13 and 17, were away at her mother’s place in Junnar district. The police said Kandhari was alive when the servant first spotted him. He was taken to MGM Hospital in Vashi where he succumbed to his injuries at 7 pm.
Kandhari’s was a tale of rags to riches. He started as a wedding photographer who ventured into construction in late 1990. He went on construct plush residential towers across Navi Mumbai and had completed several projects successfully. Industry sources say that he had run into a rough situation in the past couple of years due to over trading. According to the source, at least a dozen projects of Swaraj are in various stages of in completion in the peripheral areas like Dronagiri, Ulwe and Taloja, and the developer has been relegated to the sidelines in the local business circles in the recent past.
The Sanpada police discovered Kandhari’s diary in a cupboard next to his bed, and found three sheets of paper with a few lines written on them: ‘Agar aadmi ek kaam mein safal nahi huwa to use dusre raah ki or jaana chahiye. Humein duniya ke saath saath chalna chahiye. Har aadmi apne kiye huwe karmo ka phal yahi bhogta hai. Kaam karte karte bahut se kathinaiya aati hai.’
Incidentally, Kandhari has been known to be trigger-happy even in the past. On one occasion, a case was booked against him for threatening a BEST bus driver with his licensed gun, while on another occasion, his alleged girl friend travelling with him had accidentally set off the gun but escaped with a minor injury on the neck. At the time of the incident, Kandhari’s wife and two children were not at home.
Kandhari’s Swaraj Group has nine ongoing projects across Navi Mumbai and Govandi. The projects completed by him were either single-building or twin-building projects. However, the Wakdi township was his most ambitious project.”He was developing a township project named Swaraj Lagoona at Wakdi near Panvel, but had suffered huge losses. He had gone into depression, which could be the reason for this. He found it impossible to come out of the mess,” said a relative. Moreover he had several legal cases against him in many courts.