DySP Ganapathi’s wife says ‘want to end life’
Madikeri: The wife of police officer M K Ganapathi, who ended his life earlier this month, said on Saturday that she too was “contemplating suicide” as the state government failed to heed her demand for a CBI enquiry into the death of her husband.
Speaking to reporters at her home at Rangasamudra near Kushalnagar in Kodagu district on Saturday, Pavana accused the government of not taking her husband’s suicide seriously. “We have been demanding a CBI enquiry, but the government is shielding the accused. I am so hurt I am contemplating suicide.”
A delegation of senior BJP leaders met her and Ganapathi’s father Kushalappa and extended support to their cause. Among those present were Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar, Leader of Opposition in the Council K S Eshwarappa, MLA R Ashok, MLC V Somanna and Capt Ganesh Karnik. DySP Ganapathi had committed suicide on July 7. Hours before that, he gave an interview to a Kannada television channel and accused minister K J George and two IPS officers (Pronab Mohanty and A M Prasad) of harassing him. Shettar said the government must treat Ganapathi’s interview as “dying declaration” and register an FIR against the suspects.
The BJP leader also vowed that his party would continue the “day-night” protest in the Assembly until the government heeded their demand.
Referring to another DySP Kallappa Handibag who was booked for demanding Rs 10 lakh as bribe and who subsequently committed suicide, Shettar said Ganapathi’s accusation against George must be taken seriously.
He urged Home Minister G Parameshwara, who left for Delhi, to apprise Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi of the situation and ask George to resign. Eshwarappa said George was being spared as he was close to the Congress high command. “Honest police officers are not being allowed to work. Even after filing an FIR, police failed to arrest former ZP president Marigowda who abused Mysuru Deputy Commissioner C Shikha.” Madikeri MLA M P Appachu Ranjan criticised the government’s claim that Ganapathi committed suicide over “family issues”.