Police officer death: K’taka CM orders judicial probe

RSTV Bureau
 Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly inducted ministers at Rajbhavan in Bengaluru on Sunday. Photo-PTI

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly inducted ministers at Rajbhavan in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Photo-PTI

Targeted by series of attacks over Police officers death, Karnataka Chief Minister announced judicial probe to investigate the suicide by a Dy Superintendent of Police MK Ganapathy on Wednesday.

The Chief Ministers announcement came after opposition raised the issue on the floor of the assembly in the ongoing monsoon session. The House had to be adjourned several times in last three days following a dharna and sloganeering by the Opposition members.

M.K. Ganapathy, who allegedly committed suicide on July 8 at in Kodagu district, had named Karnataka Minister K. J. George’s son and senior officers accusing them to force him to commit suicide.

“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,” said the Karnataka Chief Minister.

Ganapathy was found dead when police reached his place and his body was hanging from a fan. He had his uniform and his service revolver was around his waist. His body was taken to a government hospital for autopsy in order to find out the cause of death.

In a television interview to a Kannada news channel, Ganapathy had accused two senior IPS officers of harassing him in various cases of corruption.

Police had told media that, Ganapathy declared, if anything happened to him, Bengaluru Development Minister and former Home Minster K.J. George, Lokayuktha IGP Pranab Mohanty and Additional Director General of Police (intelligence) AM Prasad would be responsible

Meanwhile K J George, Minister for Bengaluru Development, whose son’s name popped up for allegedly forcing the police officers death informed the state assembly that he is ready to face any punishment if an inquiry finds him guilty, he added Ganapathy had “misconceptions” about him.

“I’m not here to stick to power, let the inquiry happen. I will not resign just because opposition is asking. I will resign immediately if my leader Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asks for resignation…

File picture of Karnataka police constables taking part in a march

File picture of Karnataka police constables taking part in a march

Maintaining that he has never acted against his conscience, the Congress leader said he has worked efficiently in his 45-year political career and had never targeted any officer.

“Ganapathy had said that some Christian leaders had complained against him to me after Church attacks, it is not true. He has said I had malice against him, but the fact is that after I became Home Minister he was given posting at Rajgopalnagar as Circle Inspector. If I had malice, why would I have given him the posting,” said the Minister in Assembly.

Opposition parties in the assembly have been demanding the resignation of Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George and suspension of two senior IPS officers, who were accused of harassing the Dy.SP.

Ganapathy’s suicide comes at the backdrop of a police revolt against the police establishment and government for harassing them. Karnataka police had earlier planned a mass leave to protest against the harassment of senior officials, which was halted after government promised to make changes in police working conditions.