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Dahisar police clueless about why ACP shot himself

Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) BD Gaikwad, attached to the Dahisar division, allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his .9mm service pistol (Glock), at the police station, on Monday.

mumbai Updated: Dec 14, 2010 01:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) BD Gaikwad, attached to the Dahisar division, allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his .9mm service pistol (Glock), at the police station, on Monday.

The police are clueless about the motive for the suicide as Gaikwad did not leave a note. Also, he

had a clean track record, colleagues say.

Gaikwad, 57, leaves behind his wife, two daughters and a son. The family lives in the police quarters in Borivli.

Police said the incident took place around 2.45pm soon after Gaikwad, a 1982 batch state cadre police officer, returned from the police commissioner’s weekly crime conference at Crawford Market. Soon after, Gaikwad went into his chamber on the second floor of Dahisar police station. He changed into civil clothes and asked his orderly to give him his service weapon. He then asked the orderly to leave the room and bolted the door from inside.

“Gaikwad then shot himself in the temple,” said Ramrao Pawar, additional commissioner of police (north region). Hearing the shot, his orderly and others rushed to his room, broke down the door and found Gaikwad lying in a pool of blood.

He was taken to Bhagwati Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. His body was later transferred to JJ Hospital as the death was caused by a bullet wound and needed forensic analysis to specify the cause of death (ruling out any foul play).

“Gaikwad did not leave a suicide note. There is no probable motive that we can ascertain for his drastic step. He was a very good officer and human being,” Pawar added.

Meanwhile, sources close to Gaikwad said he had been receiving calls from an unknown person, which disturbed him. However, the subject of conversation between the caller and Gaikwad is not known.

Gaikwad was attached to the Dahisar division as ACP since February 2009. Prior to this, he was attached to the Protection and Security (P&S) branch of the Mumbai police, where he spent four years.

Gaikwad had a clean service record and never faced any inquiry throughout his career spanning nearly 30 years.

First Published: Dec 14, 2010 01:47 IST