Colleagues of the 45-year-old constable, who committed suicide, said he was so unwell that senior officers would ask him to sit in the police station instead of going for field duty.
Laxman Hanumant Kumtekar, constable at Borivli police station, was suffering from tuberculosis.
He was found hanging from the ceiling fan at his Mira Road residence by his 17-year-old son on Monday evening.
Kumetkar’s son had returned from his classes and knocked at the door several times. But when he did not get any response, he opened the door with the spare pair of keys kept with the neighbours.
Kumtekar had left behind a suicide note, which said he was in depression due to his ailment and was not able to concentrate on his work.
Kumtekar, who was earlier with the Dadar police station, had been transferred to Borivli police station in July.
“During the course of a conversation, Kumtekar would often express his disappointment as he thought he was not giving his 100%. His health did not permit any hard work,” said a constable from Borivli police station, requesting anonymity.
Bhagwan Chate, senior inspector from Borivli police station said, “Though I interacted with Kumtekar only twice or thrice, it was evident that his health was deteriorating. So we only assigned him light work.”
Kumtekar is survived by his wife, a son and daughter. A case of accidental death has been registered.