DySP Ganapathi’s Final Rites Held in Rangasamudra
Madikeri: M K Ganapathi, serving as a deputy superintendent of police (DySP) in the office of the inspector general of police (IGP), western range, Mangaluru, had ended his life in a lodge here around Thursday afternoon.
His family was informed immediately. The police arrived on the spot on receiving the news. The DySP could be seen hanging through the window, but they had to wait for the family members to arrive from Mangaluru, where they live in an apartment in Bijai new road.
His wife and two sons rushed here late in the night. Thereafter the body was taken to the hospital for a post-mortem examination. As his body was being taken to Kushalnagar, there were huge crowds on Friday.
The scene took a political colour here with BJP and ABVP workers demanding action against a minister and two top police officials from the state. Ganapathi had not only named them in his death note as responsible for his death, but also visited a local TV channel’s office in uniform and given an interview.
In his parting statement he made the same allegation as in the death note. The TV channel crew had not even the faintest idea that he would walk straight back to the lodge and hang himself.
Roads were blocked for some time. Virajpet MLA and former speaker K G Bopaiah and Madikeri MLA M P Appachu Ranjan led the protests.
The body was taken to Ganapathi’s native village of Rangasamudra in Somwarpet taluk on Friday afternoon. When the last reports came, the mortal remains were taken to his father Kushalappa’s farm in the village.
Police officials offered floral respects and salutes. Gunfire salute was also given as demanded by his police rank. The final rites were held according to Kodava tradition, including private gunfire shots.
People assembled in large numbers at the house. The police are having a tough time in controlling the situation.
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