‘Cop who shot himself was upset after fight with wife earlier in day’
Colleagues of assistant police inspector Chandrakant Mahajan, 42, who shot himself with his service revolver inside his chambers at the Chunabhatti police station, suspect that he tried to commit suicide owing to a domestic dispute.mumbai Updated: Aug 01, 2013 02:02 IST
Colleagues of assistant police inspector Chandrakant Mahajan, 42, who shot himself with his service revolver inside his chambers at the Chunabhatti police station, suspect that he tried to commit suicide owing to a domestic dispute.
The police officer was left critically injured, with injuries to his skull, neck and tongue, after the incident on Wednesday. Doctors said he is on ventilator support.
Preliminary investigations show that Mahajan was depressed after his wife and his two children left their home after a fight in the morning.
At around 3.10pm, Mahajan, who works with the newly-formed Anti Terrorism Cell of the Chunabhatti police station asked two constables in his room to stand outside, saying he had to make a phone call. A minute later, he allegedly shot himself in the neck with his service revolver. The constables rushed inside on hearing the shot and found him lying in a pool of blood, police said.
Mahajan was rushed to the Surana Sethia Hospital in Chembur, where he is currently being treated for the bullet injury.
“Mahajan had fought with his wife, who left home in the morning. We will record his wife’s statement to ascertain the cause of dispute,” said Quaiser Khalid, additional commissioner of police, east region.
Police said Mahajan appeared tense. “A senior inspector asked Mahajan if there was some problem on noticing he was upset. Mahajan told him about his fight with his wife. The inspector then asked Mahajan to go home and settle the dispute. The officer was planning to give him half the day off,” said Khalid.
Mahajan had attended a meeting with the deputy commissioner of police that afternoon. “There were allegations of corruption against Mahajan and he was called in the afternoon to discuss the matter. The assistant commissioner of police has undertaken a investigation into the graft allegations,” said Lakhmi Gautam, deputy commissioner of police, zone six.
Mahajan stays with his wife and two sons in the police quarters near the Nehru Nagar police station. Police are unable to locate his wife. They have recorded statements of his neighbours.
Doctors at the Surana Sethia Hospital, where Mahajan is admitted, said his condition is critical. A team of 10 doctors is monitoring him. Dr Prince Surana, medical director said, “The bullet entered from the chin and exited the skull. He has sustained skull fractures but no major brain damage. We fear he may lose his speech or memory.”