Jaysukh Gajera, president of the Surat Ratnakalakar Vikas Sangh, which fought for the interest of diamond polishers in Surat killed himself by jumping into the Tapi river.
Jaysukh Gajera jumped from a bridge over the Tapi river in the Kamrej area of the city. A team of fire officials rushed to the spot and recovered his body. It is believed that financial woes pushed Gajera to take the extreme step.
Jaysukh Gajera went missing on Wednesday
Gajera had gone missing on Wednesday and his family and friends began looking for him after he could not be contacted on his telephone.
The family later learned that his bike and boots were found on the Thakor Bridge near Kamrej Highway. The bridge is over the Tapi river and police suspected that he might have jumped off.
His body was later fished out of the river by the fire brigade divers. Gajera was active in Surat on behalf of diamond polishers making representations about their problems to both the diamond unit owners and government.
His organisation had intervened on behalf of diamond polishers to help them get employed, provide compensation to those who died on the job, help them get travel and housing benefits among others.
Sources in the know said Jaysukhj Gajera was also planning to move the high court after the government stated in an affidavit that the spread of COVID-19 in Surat was due to the diamond workers.
Gajera, who was known for his affable nature had been facing financial woes for some time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Sources in the know said he was under so much financial stress that he had not paid the rent for the organisation’s office in Varaccha’s Mini Bajar for some time now.
To read the latest news in Gujarati click here