The constable, who had accidentally shot his colleague on Wednesday, has been pleading for mercy in police custody. The investigators said that Shekhar Dighe (27), attached with the Quick Response Team (QRT), has been showing signs of remorse since he regained composure.
The Bandra police had arrested Dighe on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder on Wednesday after he shot Shyam Padvi (30), who used to drive Marksmen, the QRT combat vehicle. Dighe was produced before the Bandra Metropolitan Court on Thursday and was remanded to police custody until Monday.
According to the Bandra police, Dighe has been constantly pleading for mercy from the investigating officers. “He has been saying ‘I am Sorry’ continuously and asking for forgiveness,” said an officer, who is a part of the investigating team.
“He is saying that he would never repeat such a mistake. We cannot do anything especially now after Padvi is no more,” officer said.
The police are probing if there was enmity or any differences between Dighe and Padvi. “Dighe and Padvi were friends and knew each other since eight months,” said senior inspector, Prakash George, of Bandra police station.
“Dighe was famous in his group for his good work and helpful and friendly nature,” George added. The police will issue a letter asking the state to employ Dighe’s wife on compensatory grounds.
“Seeing his good record we will write a request letter for him,” said George.
Amitabh Gupta, additional commissioner of police, (West) region, said, “We will issue suspension orders against Dighe in due course.” The police have sent the samples collected from the spot to Kalina forensic laboratory for chemical analysis.