Family members of assistant sub-inspector Dilip Shirke, who shot dead a senior inspector before killing himself at the Vakola police station, said they will approach the director general of police (DGP) for a fair probe into the incident.
Speaking to the media at their Santacruz (East) residence on Monday, Shirke’s wife Deepti and son Abhishek claimed they have lost faith in police commissioner Rakesh Maria, accusing him of trying to shield his officers.
“On the night my father died, Maria came to meet us. The first thing he asked was why my father had taken so many leaves. We have lost faith in him, we will approach the DGP,” said Abhishek.
The kin also criticised the increasing pressure on the junior staff of the police force, and said they will raise the issue with the DGP.
A few months ago, Abhiskek said, an inquiry was initiated to ascertain why Shirke had taken a 70-day sick leave in 2012. His increment had also been stopped. The assistant sub-inspector’s family alleged the police department is claiming he took 38 leaves this year, when he took only 28.
“He was being harassed by his senior officers, including senior inspector Vilas Joshi and an assistant inspector,” said his son.
Shirke’s wife Deepti said she had asked her husband to quit the force if he was unable to get along with his seniors. “But he said he was due for a transfer in June, and he could get through one more month,” she said.
Meanwhile, crime branch officers visited Shirke family to record their statements on Monday, as part of the investigation into the shooting incident.