Increasing bitterness between the inspector and his superior over multiple issues and the pent up anger prompted Pramod Chaturvedi to kill sub divisional officer of police (SDOP) KS Malik in cold blood.
Such was the anger that Chaturvedi kept on firing (he fired four shots) at his superior before he committed suicide with the fifth shot from his service revolver. "The raid at the gambling joint by the SDOP in inspector's absence was the latest in the series of issues that had strained the relationship between them," said a police officer on condition of anonymity.
"The inspector was facing departmental probe in separate cases including the escape of two minors from custody apart from a case of narcotics. He was given show-cause notice by his superior. Besides, a case of a woman police personnel's suicide had also worsened the relationship between them. The raid was the last straw in the hat," the officer added.
After the action on gamblers who were patronised by certain influential persons in the region, Malik had received a phone call from a local politician, Kamlesh Naik, who had abused and threatened him of dire consequences. Malik had mentioned this incident in the 'roznamcha' too.
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Inspector general of police (IG), Sagar range, Pankaj Srivastava said the police were conducting investigation which was separate from the CID probe.
Regarding the threatening call to SDOP Malik, the IG said the call was made to the officer and an entry was made in the police record about it.
IG, CID, Anuradha Shankar Singh, went to Tikamgarh for inquiry. The CID has begun probe and recorded statements. Sources said a preliminary report has been submitted by CID, though it will take time before the complete probe report is submitted to police headquarters (PHQ).
High stress level affecting policemen
Policemen say long working hours which lead to stress are also responsible for such incidents. The policemen generally work for more than 12 hours and don't get weekly offs. Further, there are inter-departmental pressures apart from political and outside pressure. Sources in the local police said inspector Chaturvedi was also under stress for the last few days. He was diabetic and had other health issues too. He had reportedly expressed his wish to resign from the force, sources further said.
(With inputs from Anupam Pateria, Sagar)
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