The Siddaramaiah government seems to be in a spot of trouble with questions being raised on whether political pressure on policemen in the state has reached an unprecedented level, leading to suicide by officers.
In the second such instance in Karnataka this week, Deputy Superintendent of Police M K Ganapati of Manguluru allegedly committed suicide in Madikeri on Thursday.
Ganapti (51) was found hanging from the ceiling fan in a room at a lodge in Madikeri where he had gone today, police said.
He left behind a purported 'suicide note', they said, in which he allegedly blamed a senior cop and an influential politician in Dakshina Kannada. He was in his uniform when found dead.
Sources in Mangaluru police said Ganapathy was “very disturbed'“ for some time, but never revealed his problems to anyone.
The DySP, in an interview to a local news channel in Madikeri, alleged that a politician and higher police officials were harrassing him, police said.
Reacting to the incident, Opposition leader in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar said that BJP would take up the issue in the session and launch a protest, demanding the resignation of guilty police officials and the politician.
Ganapati was a native of Munjarayapattana, Siddhapur near Madikeri and belonged to the 1991 batch. He was a former sportsman and entered service through the sports quota.
On July 5, the body of DySP of Chikkamagaluru sub-division Kallappa Handibag (35), accused of kidnapping a person for ransom, was found hanging in his father-in-law's home at Murgod in Belagavi district. Handibag had been named in an alleged case of kidnap and extortion.
In another case, former DSP Anupama Shenoy had resigned her post last month over alleged interference in her work by a minister.
She had written to the women's commission accusing Ballari Superintendent of Police R Chetan of harassing her by succumbing to political pressure.
(With PTI Inputs)