"Don't have dinner, I am coming in some time," Senior Police Inspector Vilas Joshi had said to his wife minutes before he was shot by ASI Dilip Shirke inside Vakola police station on Saturday evening.
"Joshi was in his civil attire. He had come out of his cabin, called his wife and asked her not to have dinner as he would be home soon. He never reached. He was about to get in the car and leave when he was shot thrice by Shirke," said a police officer.
A 1986 batch officer, Joshi had served in several police stations in Mumbai and was waiting for his transfer orders when he was murdered. He had been posted as senior police inspector of Vakola police station on August 12 last year, replacing Vinayak Mulay, who had been transferred for disobeying a direct order from the police commissioner. Before that, Joshi had been posted at Mantralaya.
"Joshi was a very calm officer. He always stayed tension free and was waiting for his transfer orders when he was shot. He was due to get a routine transfer in 15 days, but he died before that could happen," the officer added.
Wife and kids
Joshi, who lived at the Tardeo police quarters, is survived by his wife and two daughters, both of whom are in Std X.
The twins had been born to him and his wife after over ten years of marriage. Joshi has two brothers, who are also with the Mumbai police. While one of them is posted with the Anti-Corruption Bureau, the other is in the Traffic department.
Crime Branch officers investigating the case said they will focus on recording the statements of Assistant Sub-Inspector Dilip Shirke’s colleagues to find out more about his attitude towards his superiors and his work.
Crime Branch Unit VIII officers will also record the statements of the driver who drove Joshi to the hospital and the constables and other officials at the police station, “We have completed the panchnama of the spot and are in the process of sending the blood-stained clothes of Joshi and Shirke to the forensic department. However, since the accused is also dead, it is an open-and-shut case and a clear case of murder. We will, however, collect the evidence and file a chargesheet against Shirke and submit it in court after finding out the exact reason for the murder,” said an officer, adding that this would be accomplished by talking to Shirke’s colleagues.
After blacklist, depressed list
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— Shiva Devnath