'DySP was pressured to help realtor close to minister'

'DySP was pressured to help realtor close to minister'

'DySP was pressured to help realtor close to minister'

Police officers are in a state of shock with two Deputy Superintendents of Police (DySPs) committing suicide in a span of three days. 

On Thursday, DySP M K Ganapathi ended his life by hanging himself at a hotel in Madikeri. “It is shocking that Ganapathi committed suicide. He was an honest, gallant and capable officer. He had all the commendable and admirable qualities of any officer and gentleman from Kodagu. It is really a shame that such an honest and gallant officer was driven to such a situation,” former Director General and Inspector General of Police Shankar M Bidari said.

“I have known Ganapathi for two decades. He was an honest officer and was punished for being upright,’’ said a senior officer who had worked with Ganapathi.

Another officer said that Ganapathi’s suicide could be linked to a realtor close to a former home minister. The officer said that a few day ago Ganapathi was pressured to help the realtor who is close to the former home minister.

 “Ganapathi was fed up with the indifferent attitude of the IPS officers and had even opposed the nexus between some IPS officers and realtors,” the officer stated.

Many police inspectors opted out of Bengaluru City as they could not bear pressure for money from higher-ups, said another officer who was a close friend of Ganapathi. Another officer, who was promoted as DySP two years ago, said that he too decided to shift out of Bengaluru for the very reason. “The real estate lobby rules the department. Some IPS officers often finalise deals with the realtors,’’ an officer pointed. 

Ganapathi began his career in 1991 as a sub-inspector. He was involved in an encounter with a rowdy while he was the Yeshwantpur inspector in the city. He was suspended when he was the Rajagopalnagar inspector on the charge of pocketing the money that he had recovered from a thief. He had also faced a departmental inquiry for misusing a seized property when he was Madivala inspector.

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