ASI Shirke had gone for dinner when senior marked him absent: probe
Assistant sub-inspector Dilip Shirke, who shot dead a senior officer before killing himself at the Vakola police station on May 2, had only left to have dinner when he was marked absent from his assigned spot of duty the previous night, investigations have revealed.mumbai Updated: May 11, 2015 23:16 IST
Assistant sub-inspector Dilip Shirke, who shot dead a senior officer before killing himself at the Vakola police station on May 2, had only left to have dinner when he was marked absent from his assigned spot of duty the previous night, investigations have revealed.
Shirke was irked because of being marked absent and had a row with senior inspector Vilas Joshi, after which he shot him and then committed suicide.
Probe by the crime branch has revealed that Shirke was having dinner at the Vakola police station when assistant inspector Deepak Shinde marked him absent, without confirming his location. Shirke had been assigned night duty – from 8pm to 8am – near the Panbai International School on the Western Express Highway, which sees a high number of chain snatching cases, officers said.
According to the crime branch, several police officers have claimed that Shinde was in the habit of making frivolous diary entries against personnel, without checking with them first.
He had earlier marked on sub-inspector Pandhre (first name not known), of the wireless department at the Vakola police station, absent, but it later turned out Pandhre was present around the point where he was deployed.
“Several policemen said Shinde would make diary entries unnecessarily. Ideally, the policeman is called up on phone and asked why he is present at the spot of deployment, and accordingly a diary is made if he is found to be somewhere else,” said a crime branch officer.
While many of the policemen complained about Shinde to the investigating team, they are unwilling to speak about it officially in their statements, fearing wrath from their seniors, officers said.
The probe has further revealed that Shinde had made two diary entries against Shirke, which is in violation of the norms.
Shinde had come back to check on Shirke around 6.30am and found him missing again, when he was in fact around in the area.
Shinde then made a second entry against him, when the rules say that even if the officer makes multiple supervisory rounds and doesn’t find the police personnel concerned on the spot, he should marked him absent only once, officers said.