The Malwani police said they would be initiating legal action against sub-inspector (PSI) Munir Shaikh, who allegedly went underground after he was booked for abetting the suicide of a Malad-based domestic help.
Kunda Shinde, a resident of Madh Island, had attempted to hang herself in the lock-up of Malwani police station after Shaikh detained her illegally on December 21.
A woman police constable who saw her attempting to kill herself alerted the police staff and rushed her to Raksha hospital.
The police had claimed that her condition was stable. However, Shinde, died while undergoing treatment on Saturday morning.
Shaikh was initially arrested on charges of wrongful confinement, but was later released on bail. Following Shinde’s death, the Malwani police booked him for abetting suicide.
According to the police, Shaikh had illegally detained Shinde after one of her neighbours told him that her jewellery had been stolen.
The neighbour had named Shinde as a suspect.
Although there was no formal complaint made, Shaikh brought Shinde to the police station and confined her for two days without any arrest and or making any note of the detention in the station diary.
It is also alleged that he tortured her in order to find out whether she had stolen the ornaments.
In his statement, Shaikh said he had not detained the woman and had just asked her to sit in the women officer’s room.
Senior inspector V Aandhale of Malwani police station said: “We have registered a case of abetting suicide against Shaikh and will soon arrest him.”