THE DEATH of a ‘popular and well-liked’ man at Rayners Lane Underground station has been confirmed as suicide.
Kunal Bhatt, 29, of Eskdale Avenue, Northolt, jumped onto the tracks and was struck by a train at the station in Alexandra Avenue, Harrow, just after midday on June 6, a court heard.
Coroner Andrew Walker confirmed on Thursday last week at North London Coroner’s Court that Mr Bhatt had taken his own life and there was no sufficient evidence to suggest he had been suffering from any mental affliction.
Addressing Mr Bhatt’s family, the coroner said: “Kunal Bhatt jumped in front of the tracks.
“It is very important that nobody blames themselves for reasons he only knew himself. He made a rational decision to end his life. That is nobody’s fault and no one is to blame.”
Mr Bhatt had been an employee at the headquarters of Ladbrokes bookmakers in Imperial Drive, Rayners Lane for more than 10 years.
A spokesman for the company told the Observer after his death: “Kunal had worked for Ladbrokes in various roles going back over 10 years and was a popular and well-liked team member.
“We are all shocked by this incident and we extend our deepest sympathies to his colleagues, friends and family.”
British Transport Police officers were called to the station at 12.03pm to reports that a man had been struck by a Piccadilly line train.
Medics from the London Ambulance Service attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.