Just three days after the alleged suicide of a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Karnataka’s Belagavi town, another senior ranking police officer has now ended his life by hanging in the Kodagu district.
Ganapathy took the drastic step hours after he spoke to the local media accusing senior police officials and politicians of harassing him.
The Kodagu Superintendent of Police Rajendra Prasad confirmed the suicide and added that the police have begun a probe to ascertain the exact cause that led to the incident. “The body of the DySP MK Ganapathy was found hanging from the ceiling fan. He was in uniform with his service revolver around his waist,” he said.
“I have ordered a CID inquiry into the death of the DSP (Ganapathy) after I was briefed on Thursday night about the unfortunate incident at Madikeri. I am saddened by it,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said.
Police, who found Ganapathy’s body hanging from a ceiling fan with his service revolver around his waist, shifted him to a state-run hospital for autopsy to ascertain the cause of death and investigate reasons for him to take such an extreme step.
“The inquiry team will study the suicide note Ganapathy left behind in the room. Its content will also be investigated though I am not aware of what he wrote. The government will take action after getting the CID report though I too learnt that he had named two senior police officers and a minister,” Siddaramaiah said.
Sources, however, indicate that he had named a senior minister KJ George in the Siddharamaiah cabinet, his influential son and also a senior police officer, suggesting there was political pressure that led to the death.
Ganapathy was transferred to Mangaluru Inspector General Police office, about 360 km from Bengaluru, in May.
When quizzed, George said that he won’t step down as minister but is ready for any investigation against him.