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Karnataka DySP MK Ganapati was mentally ill, says brother

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: July 8, 2016 | Updated on: July 8, 2016

For the last one year, Ganapati's behaviour had changed and we found that he had some psychological issues.

Family members of Ganapati at their house near Madikeri   (Photo: KPN)

Family members of Ganapati at their house near Madikeri (Photo: KPN)

BENGALURU: DySP M.K. Ganapati’s suicide may have put former Home Minister and two senior IPS officers in trouble, but the statement made by his brother M.K. Thammaiah, also a DySP, has raised doubts on the allegations made by Ganapati. Thammaiah told reporters that his elder brother was suffering from depression and undergoing treatment for the same.

"Certain pressures are inevitable in the police department. The allegations levelled by my brother looks like his imagination. He felt that he would be attacked by someone and we had to console him. For the last one year, his behaviour had changed and we identified that he had some psychological issues around six months ago. It felt like he was living in a world of illusion and he hallucinated," Thammaiah said, adding that his brother was also availing treatment for the last six months. However, his wife Pavana has claimed that her husband’s allegations were true.

He was corrupt, communal?
Meanwhile, police sources said Ganapati’s track record was not as good as he claimed in the interview he gave to a regional TV channel, before he took the extreme step.

An official who knew Ganapati closely said, "He was not such a clean hand like he has claimed in the interview. In fact, senior officers knew he was very corrupt and thus he was treated badly. Some of them also harassed him to get their share in the dealings he did. Besides, he had a bad reputation while working in Mangaluru as he was seen as communal and did favours for right wing groups," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Even on the personal front, Ganapati was reportedly not a happy person. "There were some misunderstanding between the couple and they did not live together when he was working in the city. Also, he could not bear the fact that his younger brother Thammaiah was promoted to the rank of DySP before him, though he was senior to him. He did not share very good relationship with his family members," the official added.

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