The Dadar Police have registered an accidental death report (ADR) in connection to the death of a 43-year-old employee of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) from Kolhapur district, who was found dead near Parel bus depot late on Friday evening. The deceased, Mahesh Lole, a resident of Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur, worked as a bus conductor, and so far, police do not suspect any foul play in his death.
According to the police sources, they had received a call in the control room, informing them of a man lying outside Sarthi Beer Bar, just over a 100 meters from the Parel Bus Depot. Preliminary police probe revealed the identity of the man, Mahesh Lole, a bus conductor from Ichalkaranji.
Further investigation revealed that Lole, who had come to Mumbai four days back to participate in the ongoing agitation of ST employees, but did not go to Azad Maidan in south Mumbai, where the workers are protesting as they have been on strike since November 2021. A senior police official said, "After the examination of CCTV footage of the area from where the body was recovered, it was found that he was spotted in Dadar area on Friday."
Subsequently, the Dadar Police recorded an ADR in the matter and informed the family. Police said that Lole had been coming near Sarthi Beer Bar for four days and lying in the area in an inebriated condition. Police suspect that Lole could have died due to inebriation, as there were no injury marks found on his body, but police are awaiting the post-mortem report.
The family members of the deceased were informed about his death and his body will be handed over to them after the post-mortem, said a senior police officer. Lole is said to have been a part of the group of MSRTC workers who held a protest outside NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s Mumbai residence on Friday, accusing the veteran leader of not doing anything to help them.