Man jumps off Gasparillo overpass
By STACY MOORE Monday, August 19 2013
WHAT would cause a 65-year-old Marabella pensioner to jump off the Gasparillo highway overpass?
That is the question Balliram Jagroop’s relatives are seeking an answer to after he did the unthinkable.
Jagroop’s mangled body landed on the highway at the Union Road overpass in Gasparillo, after he jumped. Police suspect it was suicide, his relatives, however, are not too sure.
Relatives said the pensioner was a healthy man with no family or financial problems.
Police said the incident took place at about 6.45 am.
At his First Street, Battoo Avenue, Marabella, home yesterday relatives were in a state of shock.
No one saw when he left home. Jagroop lived with his wife, daughter and grandchildren.
His brother-in-law Kawal Maraj said he last saw Jagroop on Saturday night when he came and visited the family. He said Jagroop was in high spirits as usual.
“We laughed and talked and he was happy. He did not appear like anything was bothering him, because whenever there is a problem, he speaks to us about it. He was in his usual jolly mood,” Maraj said. He said Jagroop did not have any financial, health or family problems that would lead him to commit suicide.
“It is so strange, no one knows how we are feeling right now, we are puzzled. And the question I keep asking is why he would want to do this. Why?” he asked as he wept.
Maraj, while there is a suspicion that Jagroop committed suicide, said there were no witnesses. “So we don’t know for sure if he was pushed off the flyover. We don’t know what happened, only God knows and it hurts so much because I spoke to him last night (Saturday),” Maraj said.
Police officers were able to contact family members as they found his (Jagroop’s) cell phone in his pants pocket. “I went and saw the body when police officers called us. And I saw him just lying there with his flesh showing and he was not moving,” a tearful Maraj said.
Jagroop was described as a peaceful person. “He was the one always helping someone. If you had a problem, he was the person you could go to and he would always give good advice. I just don’t understand,” he said.
An autopsy is expected to be performed today at the Forensic Science Centre, St James. Gasparillo police officers are continuing investigations.