DySP Ganapathi Ends Life by Hanging
Mangaluru: A deputy superintendent of police committed suicide by hanging to the ceiling fan in Vinayak Lodge, Madikeri on July 7.
The deceased has been identified as Ganapathi (51), a native of Kodagu. He was the former DySP in the IG’s office, Mangaluru.
According to sources, Ganapati had served as the sub-inspector of Mangaluru, Bantwal and Puttur police stations and as the inspector in the Kadri police station during the time of church attacks in DK.
On July 7, Ganapati went to Madikeri and hired a room in Vinayak Lodge. After booking the room, he had gone out and returned to the room at 1 pm.
Before taking the drastic step, Ganapathi had given an interview to a local channel in Madikeri and revealed about the harassment from senior officers. In his interview, Ganapathi said, “If anything happens to me, DIG of Lokayukta Pranab Mohanty, ADGP CID M A Prasad and the former home minister are directly responsible.”
In his interview, he also mentioned, “Wherever I go, they used to send CID officers to monitor my activities. I need to bring to the notice of everyone about the harassment that I have faced in the police department. Prasad used to send messages to the former home minister of the places where I would go. I have been hurt by the attitude of these two police officers and also the former home minister.”
He also said, “Whatever I have said is the truth and I want other police personnel to not be harassed. Such situations should not be repeated with any other police personnel.”
The receptionist in the lodge said that while booking the room, Ganapathi had asked if the room (315) had a fan. Two death notes were found in the room one was written to the department about the harassment he was facing and the other was to his family.
Ganapathi was in uniform while committing suicide.
Responding to the tragic death of DySP Ganapathi, opposition leader Jagadish Shettar said that it was sad to note that a sincere police officer ended his life due to the harassment by the former home minister. He also said that sincere police officers do not have safety and respect in the state. “If the CM has ethics, let him drop K J George from the cabinet. If George will not resign from the post or the CM does not drop him from the cabinet, we will stage a protest,” added Shettar.