Cop suicide note blames seniors

A 24-year-old police recruit, who was undergoing training at Shivajinagar headquarters, committed suicide by hanging himself from the tree near the parade ground yesterday.

Police officials said in his suicide note, which he wrote on his trousers, Devidas Suryabhan Kunjarwad accused two of the instructors of pestering him for Rs 15,000.

No more: Devidas Kunjarwad

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Officials said Devidas had also messaged his elder brother Shivshankar, a constable with Swargate traffic division, asking him not to spare the instructors before he took the extreme step.

“The incident came to light after some of the trainees reached the ground for their daily parade and saw Kunjarwad’s body hanging from the tree in his police uniform. They immediately informed their seniors at the headquarters,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Shirish Sardeshpande said.

A case has been registered against the two instructors at Shivajinagar police station under Section 306 (abatement for suicide) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC. They were identified as Assistant Sub Inspector Ramkrushna Ghule and Police Naik Nana Salunke.

Police Inspector (Crime) Seema Mehendale of Shivajinagar police station the two will be arrested soon.

“After the incident I spoke to some of his colleagues and they told me that on Monday, during the morning parade, Kunjarwad informed Ghule and Salunke that he was suffering from loose motion and took permission to go to his barrack. He came back after a while and resumed the parade. But soon he left the ground without informing the duo. Later, they marked him absent for the day,” Sardeshpande said.

One of the trainees, requesting anonymity, said Ghule and Salunke had been pestering Devidas for Rs 15,000 on Monday and threatened him of ruining his record if he failed to fulfil their demand. “This might have disturb Kunjarwad,” the trainee said.

Trouble in the past
Sardeshpande said Kunjarwad, who was recruited in 2011, had come to the headquarters Sardeshpande, who teaches one of the several subjects to new recruits at the training camp, said 50 recruits were undergoing training at the headquarters and he knew each of them personally. 

“Whenever I meet them, I tell them to share their problems with me. Devidas should have approached me if he was being harassed. It is tragic that he had to take such an extreme step,” Sardeshpande said. 

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