The Mumbai crime branch’s inquiry has revealed that assistant sub-inspector Dilip Shirke of the Vakola police station, who shot dead senior inspector Vilas Joshi on May 2 before killing himself, actually wanted to kill assistant inspector (API) Deepak Shinde. Shinde had made a negative entry in the station diary and marked Shirke absent from night duty.
The fact emerged from the statements of policemen who were present at the scene of crime. So far, crime branch officers have recorded statements of more than 15 people, most of whom are police personnel from Vakola police station.
A crime branch officer said that during inquiry, most of Shirke’s colleagues at the police station had told investigators that when Shirke first went into Joshi’s cabin in plain clothes on the night of the incident, he had insisted he was wrongly marked absent from duty by API Shinde.
Joshi reportedly told Shirke to come back in uniform.
“While wearing his uniform and keeping the service revolver in its holster, Shirke was murmuring ‘Aaj konachi tari wicket padnar aahe (someone is going to die today)’, a policeman told us,” a crime branch officer said, requesting anonymity.
When Shirke went back to speak to Joshi in uniform, the two were locked in a heated argument over the matter of attendance, after which Shirke emerged from the room and started looking around him.
“He was certainly looking for API Shinde, and he even went to the officer’s room to check if he was there, almost as if he wanted to kill him,” another policeman told investigators.
When Shirke could not find Shinde, he went back to Joshi’s cabin to sort out the issue. According to sources, he was reportedly told by Joshi they would discuss the matter at a later stage. When Joshi started preparing to leave his cabin, a furious Shirke shot Joshi, and subsequently took his own life.