Mystery surrounds the death of Gadchiroli district Congress president Arvind Shankarrao Giradkar (43). Giradkar, President of Congress committee of the tribal district in 2009, was found dead at his Camp area residence late Sunday night.
Reports reaching the divisional headquarters at Nagpur said that Giradkar returned home from his foodgrain shop on Mul Road on Sunday at around 10.30 pm. He was drunk when he came, sources said. Surprisingly, Gadchiroli is completely a prohibited district where one can consume liquor only on medical recommendations.
"After reaching home, he went to take a shower. As he did not respond for an hour his wife tried to open the bathroom door. The door was not locked from inside and his wife found that he was lying there unconscious," informed Pravan, the younger brother of Giradkar.
He was immediately rushed to the government general hospital with the help of a local physician Dr Anil Rode. He was declared brought dead.
Initially, it was said that he died because of sudden health complications due to food poisoning. But, later his family members alleged it was a murder. "He was poisoned to death. We want a proper police inquiry in this regard," said Pravan, who lodged a police complaint on Monday morning.
Viresh Prabhu, the superintendent of police, Gadchiroli district informed that the body was sent for a post mortem. "We are waiting for the post mortem report," he said. The police are looking into Giradkar's whereabouts before coming home and his call record details for Sunday.
Giradkar was ambitious, hard working and a very active party worker. "It was during his tenure that the Congress wrested the Gadchiroli Assembly seat and the Gadchiroli Lok Sabha seat from the BJP," said Prakash Itankar, former president of Gadchiroli Congress Committee.
Giradkar's last rites of were performed on Monday evening in presence of several politicians, including former Maharashtra minister Vijay Wadettiwar, former Lok Sabha member Naresh Pugalia and Lok Sabha member from Gadchiroli, Marotrao Kowase.