The incident happened on Thursday evening when a police officer committed suicide in a lodge at Madikeri town of Karnataka’s Kodagu. He was allegedly involved in the cases of corruption and a fake encounter.
In the last seven days, he was the second police officer of Deputy SP rank to commit suicide in Karnataka.
This is the second such incident in the state after Kallappa Handibag, DySP of Chikkamagaluru sub-division, was accused of involving in a kidnap for ransom on July 5. Handibag was found dead at his relative's place at Muragod in Belagavi on Tuesday. He was one among two DySPs in the range office looking after departmental enquiries (DE).
For several years, Ganapathi (SP) worked in Bengaluru as a police inspector and assistant commissioner of police. He was recently transferred to Mangaluru as Inspector General of Police of the Western Range.
On Thursday, Deputy SP went to his home district, Kodagu and rented a room in Vinayaka Lodge in Madikeri. For a while, he left the room in his police uniform to address the media. After he returned to the lodge, he was found dead by the staff.
During his press conference, Ganapathi had said that “if anything were to happen to him, the blame would rest on two police officers — Pranab Mohanty, an IGP in the Lokayukta police.”
Ganapathi also put the charges against the former home minister K J George and said that would be responsible for his death. “They are constantly sending people from the Lokayukta and from human rights commission to inquire about me. I have been subjected to torture,” he said.
The inspector was involved in rowdy activities and he even shooted 21 yr old Prashanth, while he was a police inspector in Bengaluru in 2010.
After sometime, the matter was taken to the State Human Rights Commission and the BJP Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda by the youth’s mother Umadevi.
Ganapathi was suspended in 2014 when he had stolen Rs 1 crore from businessman, Rangaswamy locker. In the FIR, he mentioned that only Rs 24,000 was stolen and even said that, “a relative of the businessman had stolen the money and allegedly returned only a small part of it to Rangaswamy.”
Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar demanded immediate resignation of K J George just after his death.
“We will raise the issue in the Assembly on Monday and the government will have to answer for the situation in the police department. We demand the resignation of K J George,’’ Shettar said.