Man dies in flyover leap
GRANDFATHER Balliram Jagroop died yesterday morning after he was seen leaping from the top of the Union Road Flyover, Marabella.
Family members were in a state of shock yesterday and said they are awaiting the outcome of the autopsy before they draw conclusions over Jagroop’s death.
It was around 5.45 a.m. that Jagroop, 65, was seen by residents walking on a black pipe along the side of the flyover, police said.
Eyewitnesses said that when he reached above the north-bound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway, he jumped.
Residents ran to his aid and found Jagroop was still alive.
They moved him to the shoulder of the highway. He died before emergency medical services could arrive.
At his Battoo Avenue, Marabella home yesterday, Jagroop’s brother in law, Kawal Maraj, said that family members were puzzled over his death.
Maraj said that Jagroop had no reason to jump from the flyover as he was without any serious health problems or financial issues.
Jagroop had been married to Maraj’s sister, Tara, for the past 42 years. He was the father of three children and had two grandchildren.
Maraj said Jagroop, a salesman, would usually exercise on morning but not in the area of the flyover.
“It is puzzling how he reached there. It is very strange ... The family doesn’t understand anything ... It is really hard .. My sister is asking who will want to do this to her husband,” Maraj said.
He said it was Jagroop’s daughter who received a call from the police around 6.05 a.m. about the incident and they were asked to positively identify that it was Jagroop.
This was done at the scene.
Asked if he thought it was a case for the homicide department, Maraj said, “We’re not going to rule out anything. We are waiting on the autopsy and what the police has to say and we will work from there.”
Maraj said Jagroop was a gentlemen who would always try to assist those in need.
Corporal Ramlogan of the St Margaret’s police station is continuing investigations.