Agonised over extreme pressure put on him in various cases, Deputy Superintendent of police (DySP) M K Ganapathy (51) narrated his ordeal to a local TV channel and held two Indian Police Service officers and a state minister responsible for harassing and driving him to suicide.
He said they should be held responsible if something happens to him.
Hours later, he was found hanging from the ceiling fan in a lodge room in Madikeri of Kodagu district, Karnataka. He was wearing his uniform and had his service revolver fastened to his belt.
Ganapathy named Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) A.M. Prasad, Lokayukta Inspector General of Police Pronab Mohanty and Bengaluru Development Minister and former Home Minster K.J. George, who hails from Kodagu district, as responsible for harassing him and putting pressure on him in various criminal and corruption cases.
The Kodagu Superintendent of Police Rajendra Prasad said the police have begun a probe to ascertain the exact cause that led to the incident.
A suicide note was also recovered after the incident, in which Ganapathy allegedly blamed a senior police official and KJ George from the Siddaramaiah cabinet for driving him to suicide. In the note, he alleged that the senior cop had been harassing him by seeking money for giving him a clean chit in a Church related case seven years ago.
The police said that Ganapathy had been very disturbed for the last few months, but he did not confide in anyone. Ganapathy reportedly said that there was no place for honest officials in the current Congress government.
The Karnataka government has ordered an inquiry into the unnatural death of Ganapathy.
This is the second such incident this week, three days after Chikkamagaluru Rural Deputy Superintendent of Police Kalappa Handibagh, 34, hanged himself at Belagavi, about 500 km from Bengaluru.
Watch the interview here: