Bengaluru: Within days of a cop in Mangaluru taking his own life, another Deputy Superintendent of Police working in Mangaluru IGP office ended his life by hanging himself to death from a ceiling fan, at a lodge in Madikeri district on Thursday.
He is reported to have named his tormentors in a two page suicide note. Before taking the extreme step, the deceased M. K. Ganapati, 51, had told regional news channel that he was being harassed by former home minister K. J. George and other senior officers, including Additional Director General of Police of the Intelligence wing Ashit Mohan Prasad. He was reportedly upset over not being given any posting. It is learnt that Ganapati gave these interviews to the TV channels on Thursday morning in Mangaluru. Later, he headed to Madikeri, which is his home town. He booked a room in Sri Vinayaka Lodge near the bus station around 11 am. The lodge staff said that he enquired with them whether there was a ceiling fan in the room and then booked the room. Just after a few minutes, he went out of the lodge and returned very soon. As he did not come out till evening, the lodge staff called the room but there was no response. When they opened the room with another key, he was found hanging from the ceiling fan, still dressed in his police uniform. Senior police officers rushed to the spot. DG & IGP Om Prakash has ordered a detailed investigation into the case.
The police are also probing into the family dispute angle following his suicide. The deceased M. K. Ganapati, 51, had served in various police stations in
Bengaluru and Mangaluru. The incident has shocked the police fraternity and has raised questions on the alleged harassment by senior officers in the department, as this is the second incident where an officer of the rank of DySP has taken the extreme step in the last three days. Mr. Ganapati was in news for all the wrong reasons recently including a fake encounter of a rowdy, corruption and other charges. However, he was given a clean chit in these cases and was promoted to the rank of DySP barely two months ago.