Senior Police Officer Commits Suicide In Karnataka

BENGALURU:  Three days after the alleged suicide of a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Karnataka’s Belagavi town, another officer of the same rank has committed suicide by hanging in the Kodagu district, police said.

MK Ganapathy was found dead in a lodge from where a suicide note was found. The police, who are investigating the case, is yet to reveal the contents.

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“We found the body of deputy superintendent of police MK Ganapathy, 51, hanging by the rope to a ceiling fan in a lodge room. He was in uniform with service revolver around the waist,” news agency IANS quoted Kodagu district police superintendent Rajendra Prasad as saying.

Sources, however, indicate that he had named a senior minister in the Siddharamaiah cabinet, his influential son and also a senior police officer, suggesting there was political pressure that led to the death.

Ganapathy was transferred to Mangaluru inspector general police office, about 360 km from Bengaluru, in May.

On Tuesday, Kallappa Handibagh, Deputy Superintendent of Police of Chikkamagaluru, who was accused of taking Rs. 10 lakh as bribe to release a man involved in gambling, was found dead at his relative’s place at Muragod in Belagavi. He was declared dead at KLE hospital.

Reports said he had gone missing after a case was lodged against him on Monday.