Family members of assistant sub-inspector Dilip Shirke say he committed suicide after shooting a senior cop at Vakola police station as he was depressed, and had been subjected to harassment by his superiors.
Shirke’s son Abhishek told HT that initially, senior officers told him his father had met with an accident.
“I got to know about the incident from outside sources. My father was depressed from last month, since an inquiry was initiated on the matter of his sick leave,” Abhishek said.
Referring to Maria’s statement that Shirke was upbraided because he was absent on Friday, Abhishek said, “Maria is trying to save his officers. He is lying.”
Shirke, he said, was on night duty and in the combat vehicle on Friday night.
He returned home the next morning and left to attend a wedding in the afternoon. Shirke then left for the police station around 7.30pm.
“When I reached the hospital, policemen were cleaning blood from the police van. I rushed in to see my father. The doctors were attempting to resuscitate him, but couldn’t do so,” said Abhishek.
Besides Abhishek, Shirke is survived by his wife and two daughters. Both daughters, aged 26 and 22, are appearing for government exams.
According to his family, Shirke had taken a 70-day-sick leave in 2012 because of a severe cough. “Even when he was unable to stand, we were at the DCP’s office to ask for leave. Namdeo Chavan, the then DCP, asked him to come through the proper channel,” said Abhishek, adding that after the 70-day-leave, he had never taken any leave. However, he used to be burdened with extra work, which depressed him, he said. “On many occasions, he told us he was being harassed by his seniors,” Abhishek said.
Shirke, who was posted at DN Nagar police station prior to Vakola, was due for retirement in 2017. “When the inquiry was initiated, they stopped his increment. He became depressed,” said the grieving son.