Inspector shoots self at CR Park police station, 10 minutes after he gets his service pistol
Delhi crime: No suicide note was recovered from the crime scene or from the possession of the inspector. Sources, however, said that inspector was allegedly under depression because of his poor performance as an investigatordelhi Updated: May 11, 2017 00:16 IST
A 45-year-old Delhi Police inspector shot himself with his service pistol at the Chittaranjan Park police station on Wednesday evening.
The incident took place around 6pm, 10 minutes after the inspector, Kushal Ganguly, was issued a pistol by the ‘Malkhana’ (store) of the police station as he was supposed to be on duty for Thursday’s Shab-e-barat procession arrangements, said police.
Ganguly was posted in the district investigation unit (DIU) of the southeast district police. He was transferred in the DIU only one-and-a-half months ago. Before that he was posted in the X-branch (arrangement branch) at the office of the deputy commissioner of police (southeast district).
The exact reason behind Ganguly’s extreme step could not be ascertained till the filing of this report. No suicide note was recovered from the crime scene or from the possession of the inspector. Sources, however, said that inspector was allegedly under depression because of his poor performance as an investigator. Also, he was allegedly having a property dispute with his brothers, they said.
Romil Baaniya, deputy commissioner of police (southeast), said that Ganguly’s office was on the first floor of the police station. The DUI office was closed on Wednesday because of Budha Purnima, a gazetted holiday, but still Ganguly reached office around 4.15pm. He spent more than an hour having a conversation and a cup of tea with inspector Ravinder Rajput at the police station.
“At 5.50pm, Ganguly got the pistol issued saying he will be on Shab-e-barat arrangements duty on Thursday,” said Baaniya, adding Ganguly later went to his office.
Around 6pm, a senior police officer said, Ganguly locked himself in the bathroom on the first floor and shot himself in his head. The bullet exited from the other side of the head, piercing his brain. The other police staff on the floor heard the gunshot sound and rushed to the bathroom. “They broke open the door and rushed Ganguly to Max Saket hospital where he was declared brought dead,” said the officer.
According to the DCP, during the initial probe it was learnt that Ganguly had spoken to his friend, who goes by the surname Negi, in the morning and had told him that he was depressed. “Ganguly told Negi that his mind was getting weaker and because of that he was not able to work properly. He was certainly not under workload pressure as he was only investigating four cases whereas each inspector in DIU is probing at least 20 to 25 cases,” said Baaniya.
Sources said that Ganguly was recently reprimanded by one of the DCPs of the district who was unhappy with his slow work and because he was not doing his duty seriously. They said despite being an inexperienced investigator, Ganguly was transferred in the DIU and was being asked to give results.
A native of Uttarakhand, Ganguly joined the force in 1997 as a sub-inspector. He was promoted to the rank of inspector in November 2016. He is survived by his wife, a nurse in Safdarjung hospital, and two children. The family lives in Delhi’s Arjun Nagar. His family members were informed about his death. The autopsy on his body will be conducted on Thursday, added the DCP.