Ganapathi's father demands FIR against minister, two IPS officers

Ganapathi's father demands FIR against minister, two IPS officers

Wants grandson's complaint to be treated as final; says no rift in family

Ganapathi's father demands FIR against minister, two IPS officers

Deputy Superintendent of Police M K Ganapathi’s father Kushalappa on Tuesday said an FIR should be registered against Bengaluru Development Minister K J George and IPS officers Pronab Mohanty and A M Prasad on the basis of the complaint filed by his daughter-in-law K K Pavana and grandson Nehal.

Kushalappa said the complaint filed by Pavana and Nehal should be treated as the final one and the culprits arrested.

Speaking to Deccan Herald at his residence in Rangasamudra near Kushalnagar, Kushalappa said he had not ‘written’ any complaint on July 7, the day Ganapathi committed suicide. “How can I make allegations against my daughter-in-law when I have lost my son? I was sitting in a room in the lodge adjacent to the one in which my son had committed suicide. The police wrote the complaint and asked me to sign. I was in a state of shock and signed the complaint, thinking it to be some letter. I did not even read the document on which I had signed. The family members were allowed to see the body only after I signed the paper. There were a few white sheets and pendrives on the table inside the room where he had hanged himself. My son would have written a death note alleging harrasment,” he said with tears in his eyes.

Stating that there was no rift in the family, Kushalappa said that it was wrong to mention in the Legislative Assembly that Ganapathi was facing problems on the domestic front. “My son died due to harassment in the department. Now, the authorities are blaming the family and my daughter-in-law,” he said.

He said his second son M K Thimmaiah, also a DySP, has left for duty. He would have been pressured as he is a police officer. “We want justice to the family. Ganapathi was fighting for justice while in service.”

“When I had fallen sick, Ganapathi could not visit me as he was busy with his officail work. Such was his commitment to work. I am proud of my son’s honesty. It was Ganapathi’s childhood dream to join the police force. He was a bit depressed after he was accused of fake encounter in 2008. There are many doubts about Ganapathi’s death,” he said. Kushalappa suspected that there were no grills to the windows of the room in which Ganapathi committed suicide.

Minister taken to task
When  Kodagu district in-charge minister M R Seetharam visited the DySP’s house at Rangasamudra, Ganapathi’s son Nehal took him to task. “Just say the truth. Do not say whatever you wish to,” he told the minister in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Richard Vincent D’Souza and Superintendent of Police P Rajendra Prasad. Later, Seetharam told reporters that Ganapathi was suspended from service thrice. “Where was MLA Appacchu Ranjan when Ganapathi was suspended during the BJP regime? he asked. On hearing this, Nehal intervened and asked Seetharam to tell the truth and not make allegations to hide the truth.
Seetharam said: “Political parties are politicising the suicide. An attempt is being made to divert the issue. I will direct the CID to collect the statements of the family members.”

Govt trying to kill me: Pavana
Pavana has taken objection to Home Minister G Parameshwar’s statement which suggested that Ganapathi was suffering from depression due to a troubled relationship with his wife. 
She said she will file a complaint with the Women’s Commission on Parameshwara’s statement. Ganapathi has not mentioned anything about the family in the interview given to a local TV channel before ending his life. “By issuing such statements, the government is trying to kill me,” she said.
Pavana submitted a complaint to the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission through e-mail on Monday evening, against the police officers for failing to register an FIR.

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