Marathi artistic director Raju Sapte was found dead in his residence in Pune on Saturday July 3rd. According to reports, Raju Sapte died by suicide due to the alleged harassment of a union member. The artistic director had made a video on the harassment before taking the drastic measure and posting it on his social networks.
In the video, Raju Sapte explains what went wrong in his career. “My name is Raju Sapte and I am artistic director. I’m making this video to the best of my knowledge. For a few days now, I have been harassed by the Rakesh Maurya of the Labor Union,“(sic) said the art director in the video.
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“I have paid all my contributions to the workers. But Rakesh Maurya hinders my work by provoking the workers and inciting them against me. Even after paying all the workers’ contributions, Maurya won’t let me do my job. This put most of my projects on hold. Currently, I have 5 projects in hand, but I cannot start any work because Rakesh Maurya is provoking the workers against me. Most of my projects are now blocked, and to protest against this I commit suicide today,“(sic) Raju Sapte concluded in the video.
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Actress Nivedita Joshi-Saraf mourned Raju Sapte’s disappearance on Instagram. She shared a video of herself and expressed shock at her tragic death.
For the uninformed, Raju Sapte had worked as an artistic director in several films in Marathi and some films in Hindi. According to sources close to Sapte, he was based in Mumbai. According to the PTI report, the artistic director hanged himself at his residence, and Vivek Muglikar, the chief inspector of the Wakad police station, confirmed that they had recorded incitement to suicide. Further investigation is underway.
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