IPS officer died a month before his wedding

Kin were distributing marriage invites when they received news of his death in Chennai

IPS officer died a month before his wedding

IPS officer N Harish, 32, died exactly a month before his wedding. His family, which lives in Manjunathanagar near Rajajinagar in northern Bengaluru, was planning to distribute wedding invitation cards when news broke of his death on Thursday morning.

Harish’s wedding was scheduled for March 18 and 19 at a function hall in Basaveshwaranagar here. The family, which was preparing for the wedding, is now busy with plans where to conduct his funeral, in Bengaluru or his native village in Malur taluk of Kolar district.

Scores of his childhood and college friends gathered outside the house on 13th cross in Manjunathanagar on Thursday. They remember him as a studious and hardworking person.

‘A reserved person’

“He was a hardworking person but a bit reserved since his college days. He had cleared the civil services exam in the very first attempt. He wanted to make it to the IAS and made a second attempt. Once he was inducted into the IPS, he was first posted to Rameswaram (in Tamil Nadu). He was later transferred to Madurai and we hardly met since he would be very busy. He would come to Bengaluru for a few days. We were only in touch with him by phone,” the deceased officer’s childhood classmate Vijay Tejas told Deccan Herald.

According to another childhood friend Ajit, Harish studied at Florence High School in Basaveshwaranagar before enrolling in PUC at KLES College in Rajajinagar. “After joining RV College of Engineering, we went our ways and would meet occasionally.”

Harish’s father Nagarajappa retired as Executive Officer of Anekal Taluk Panchayat in April 2015. He was a class-1 officer and started his career as a Panchayat Development Officer and served for a long time in Hoskote.

He got the news of his son’s death around 11.30 am and immediately left for Chennai along with a close relative. Harish’s mother Shivamma had stayed with his son for some time in Madurai but came back to Bengaluru after he was transferred to Chennai. Nagarajappa has two daughters, Asha and Poornima, a close relative said.

A source in his family said Harish had reported to his new post in Chennai on January 25 and was yet to be allotted quarters. Nagarajappa went to Chennai on Sunday and stayed with his son till Tuesday afternoon since Harish had to go to Kanchipuram for a court hearing.

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