CID sleuths get a glimpse of DySP Handibag's austere lifestyle

CID sleuths get a glimpse of DySP Handibag's austere lifestyle

Neighbours, jeep driver give an account of officer's simplicity

A sofa set made of acacia wood, two plastic chairs, a cot, an almirah and a baby’s pram. These were among the few household articles found at the house of deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Kallappa Handibag, who committed suicide after his name surfaced in a kidnapping case. Handibag was accused of collecting Rs 10 lakh ransom in the case on June 28.

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Department (CID) sleuths who inspected the house at the police quarters, prepared the inventory after obtaining a search warrant.

According to sources, the investigating team led by Dy SP Dharnesh got a glimpse of the officer’s simple lifestyle. Barring a gas stove, utensils in the kitchen and clothes belonging to his wife Vidya and child, the investigators found nothing else of note. A TVS Sooty moped Handibag had bought for his wife and a bicycle for his son were the only movable assets found in the compound.

Neighbours said, “Kallappa’s mother-in-law had recently gifted a fridge and washing machine, while an LED TV was bought on monthly instalments. Whenever she (mother-in-aw) visited her daughter, she gave her Rs 5,000 for her expenses. Though she made a joke of it, she was equally proud of her son-in-law’s honesty.”

Handibag, who had a penchant for literature, had in his collection S Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia’, another on the legal system by retired DGP D V Guruprasad, ‘Baduku Kaliyiri’ by Swami Jagadatmananda, besides those by Kuvempu and Poornachandra Tejaswi. When investigators were looking at the books, Handibag’s brothers-in-law Vijay and Praveen (Vidya’s brothers) said, “They are the only assets our brother-in-law left for his wife and kid.”

Handibag’s jeep driver who could not hide his tears, recalled the day the officer left home with his wife and child.

”I was on two days’ leave and ‘sahebru’ (Handibag) called me over phone around 11.15 am saying he was leaving. He also complained that he felt cheated and said he will not return for at least five days. I volunteered to return and drop him home. But Vidya madam (Handibag’s wife) asked me not to bother.”

The driver also felt that had he been on duty, he could have prevented Handibag from committing suicide, which he suspected was a conspiracy.
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