Chikkamagaluru: There were ripples of shock and sadness in the police force in the district as well as among the people when the news of a cop’s suicide spread around on Tuesday morning.
Shivamurty (25), a police constable of 2012 batch serving in Agumbe police station, took the extreme step by shooting himself in the head using a sub inspector’s revolver on Monday past midnight around 12-30.
Sub inspector Manjunath had gone to a court on work. Shivamurty worked as a driver for him and had earned his trust and familiarity. The SI, before going to court, is said to have handed his revolver to Shivamurty asking him to leave it in his (the SI’s) house.
Instead of the taking to his superior’s house, Shivamurty took it to his own quarters located near the police station. Soon after midnight, he fired the shot to kill himself. His colleagues heard the sound and rushed to his place of stay. He was found dead heavily bleeding.
Shivamurthy hailed from a good family, based in Kadladi near Kammaradi in Tirthahalli taluk. He had earlier served in the anti-Naxal force.
There is a suspicion that he had intimacy with two young women. He may have faced a dilemma or embarrassment of some kind. He had made a suicide attempt last year too, said his colleagues.
He is said to have left a suicide note, saying that he himself was responsible for his death. Being entangled in love, he could not get out of it, the letter said.
He has added that he could not shoot himself with his own gun. Hence he had to use the sub inspector’s revolver. He has also asked the SI to forgive him for the act and also requested him to take good care of his parents.
In order to facilitate a thorough inquiry, the police have seized the gun, revolver and Shivamurty’s mobile phone to track the phone calls. District minister-in-charge Kimmane Ratnakar, district SP Ravi D Channannavar and others visited the spot and held discussions on the future course of action.