'No lapse by slain cop in chasing assailants'

'No lapse by slain cop in chasing assailants'

 Police do not know much about the man and his son who snatched a sub-inspector’s revolver and fatally stabbed him in Nelamangala on Friday. The duo are suspects in many vehicle thefts.

S Jagadish, the sub-inspector of Doddaballapur Town police station, had been pursuing the duo for the last few weeks. He had almost built a watertight case against them but didn’t share many details of investigation with any of his subordinates in the police station.

“A few constables have sketchy details about the duo. We’ll get a clear picture soon,” said the Director General and Inspector General of Police, Om Prakash.

The duo, identified as Madhu and his father, native of Bhadravathi, Shivamogga district, are said to have stolen many vehicles in and around Bengaluru but the police have little evidence to nail them. A source in the police identified the father as Krishnappa.

“What we know, so far, is that Madhu and his father are involved in this attack. We are checking the name of Madhu’s father. Madhu is involved in  many vehicle thefts. Jagadish was closely watching him for the last few weeks.

“He knew much about the duo and their criminal record but hadn’t shared these details with his bosses,” ADGP (Law and Order) Alok Mohan told Deccan Herald. “Usually sub-inspectors share such details only after they have hard evidence.”

The ADGP fully endorsed the sub-inspector’s decision to chase the duo and said he hadn’t committed any lapse in doing so. “We have reviewed the case. There was no lapse on the part of Jagadish in planning and execution. He could have actually opened fire soon after the chase began, but didn’t do so as he wanted to catch them alive. The story would have been different had he not slipped into the drain,” the officer added.

The duo had recently bought a bike in Nelamangala and were to come to the showroom on Friday for registration. Jagadish got a tip-off about them and rushed there to catch them, the source added.

Mohan said SPs and inspectors in all districts had been alerted about the duo.
The entire police force is hunting for them. “We have tightened security at all entry points to Karnataka and are also in touch with police in the neighbouring states,” he added.

Doddaballapur shuts down

A bandh-like situation prevailed in the whole of Doddaballapur town soon after the news of sub-inspector S Jagadish’s murder broke out. Business outlets shut up shop and theatres stopped screening films. The bus service was partially withdrawn.

Residents burnt tyres at main traffic junctions. Jagadish’s body was kept in front of the police station till 7 pm for the public to pay their final respects. Hist last rites were performed in his native village late into the night.

Quick career growth

S Jagadish, a BA LLB graduate, had joined the police force as a constable at the Sulibele police station in Hoskote taluk in 2005. A native of Mallapur village in Nelamangala taluk, he passed the departmental exam and was promoted to sub-inspector in 2010.

He completed probation in Hassan and was posted at the Kolar traffic police station before being transferred to the Doddaballapur Town police station on July 3, 2014. His father, Srinivasa Murthy, was an assistant sub-inspector and opted for voluntary retirement after his son became a sub-inspector. Jagadish was the son-in-law of Kolar DySP Chandra Mouli.

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