Yet another case of a policeman committing suicide in Karnataka has emerged in the Kolar district. This latest suicide adds to the growing number of deaths in the state by police personnel. Tragically, the cop leaves behind a one-year-old child and wife. In the early hours today, Circle Inspector Raghvendra, who was 38 years old, shot himself with his own service revolver and that too inside the police station. His colleagues rushed to the spot on hearing the gunshot, but were unable to help him.
The reason for the alleged suicide was not known and police were investigating the case, revealed Kolar district Superintendent of Police Divya Gopinath. The cop was on night shift and was travelling in a patrol vehicle. The same continued till 2 am when he ordered his driver to return to the station. What transpired thereafter is still not known, but Raghvendra shot himself within 30 minutes of his return to the station.
On Monday night, Raghvendra was reportedly agitated over some issue and this had been noticed by his colleagues at the station, but no one had questioned him about it.
Raghavendra hailed from Narasapura Hobli in Kolar District itself.
It may be recalled that in late September KJ George, who had resigned after suicide of Deputy Superintendent of Police MK Ganapathy, 51, had been re-inducted into the Karnataka govt after getting a clean chit in the case. The minister was named in a police complaint, but CID had not found any connection in the suicide.
Top cop Ganapathy had allegedly hanged himself in a house in Madikeri on July 7, but had earlier accused the minister of harassment. he had gone to the extent of saying that if “if anything happens to me”, they should be held responsible. The CID had carried out an inquiry thereafter and cleared the minister.
Policemen from the rank of constables, sub-inspectors, inspectors have protested interference and harassment by authorities from time to time.