Mumbai: Funerals of policeman and his killer a study in contrast

While several senior IPS officers, including state DGP Sanjeev Dayal and Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, attended senior PI Vilas Joshi’s funeral, no senior policeman was in attendance during the last rites of ASI Dilip Shirke

The funerals of the murdered cop and his murderer presented a study in contrast yesterday.

While several senior IPS officers, including Director General of Police (Maharashtra) Sanjeev Dayal and Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria attended the funeral of Senior Police Inspector Vilas Joshi at Chandanwadi crematorium in Marine Lines, no senior official was present for the final rites of Assistant Sub-Inspector Dilip Shirke.

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And, while Joshi was given a guard of honour and was fondly remembered by everyone, Shirke’s own relatives blamed him for murdering not just the senior police inspector, but also the future of his own wife and children.

A hero’s farewell
Joshi's body was brought to his home at the Tardeo police quarters in the morning and was taken to Chandanwadi by ambulance. A convoy of over 100 cars and bikes followed the ambulance from Tardeo to the crematorium in Marine Lines, and the roads were closed in all the places that it passed.

Senior PI  Vilas Joshi was given a guard of honour.  PIC/ATUL KAMBLE
Senior PI Vilas Joshi was given a guard of honour. Pic/Atul Kamble

The convoy reached Chandanwadi in 20 minutes. The rituals were conducted in the presence of DG Dayal, Commissioner Maria, several joint commissioners, additional commissioners, deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners, inspectors, and most of the staff members from the Vakola police station. Joshi was given the complete guard of honour and three rounds fired in the air. Several officers and constables were also seen crying at the funeral, which ended in an hour.

'He killed his family'
ASI Shirke’s body was brought to his residence at the Kole Kalyan police quarters in Vakola around 1.30 pm, after the post-mortem at Sion Hospital. His body was taken to Kherwadi crematorium and the only policemen present were below the rank of sub-inspector.

People gather as Shirke’s body is brought to the Kole Kalyan police quarters in Vakola.
People gather as Shirke’s body is brought to the Kole Kalyan police quarters in Vakola.

After his body arrived at the residence, Shirke’s relatives and neighbours began saying that the ASI had not only killed Senior PI Joshi, but also his own family members. They said none of Shirke’s family members would get pension or be able to get a government job. They also said they couldn’t understand why Shirke had taken the horrific step, especially since there were only two years left for his retirement and he was supposed to be transferred from the Vakola police station in a few days.

One of Shirke’s daughters.  PICS/SAMEER MARKANDE
One of Shirke's daughters. Pics/Sameer Markande

One of Shirke’s relatives said that both his and Joshi’s families would suffer because of the ASI’s act. While Joshi is survived by his wife, a housewife, and twin daughters, Shirke is survived by his wife — also a housewife — two daughters and a son.

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Wives of several policemen at Shirke’s funeral said that their husbands, too, face the problem of work overload and stress and often shout at them after they have bad days at work.

  • Balaji Vankala04-May-2015

    The incident have to be analysed thoroughly before concluding. More over, even the family supported all the way for Mr. Shirke to render his duty and government and police department has the responsibility to support the family. Here both earning members were dead, at this situation the more discrimination on one family will lead to more mental agonly.Hence this case has to be handled more sensitively and no media leak has to happen.

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