Mangaluru, July 09, 2016: Deputy Superintendent of Police MK Ganapathy’s death has raised many questions about pressure from higher officials. However, his controversial career and troubled home life tell a different story.
A day after DySP Ganapathy committed suicide after accusing higher ups of destroying his life, Ganapathy’s father Kushalappa has alleged that his daughter-in-law (Ganapathy’s wife) ill-treated him.
“Ganapathy’s wife was harassing him. When he was posted in Bengaluru, she was living with their son in Mangaluru,” he said.
This is, in fact, one of the several allegations, all seeking to explain his unexpected suicide.
The DySP’s wife, Pavana, had alleged that he was being harassed by higher officials. But his younger brother, MK Thammaiah, currently the DySP of Ramanagara, had said that Ganapathy was not mentally stable and was being treated for depression. Police have obtained a medical prescription for depression, given by doctors of AJ Hospital in Mangaluru.
"My brother was suffering from depression. Ganapathy’s allegations are false. He was hallucinating. I know about my brother. He was upset with the police department, but it is wrong to say that the police department harassed my brother," DySP Thammaiah said.
The late Ganapathy had also expressed his disappointment about departmental enquiries against him on various issues while speaking to the media.
Other sources indicated that he was not happy with his transfer to Mangaluru, the order for which he received in May.
The first complaint against Ganapathy came in 2008 when he was posted as an inspector in Mangaluru East police station. He was accused of siding with the Bajrang Dal during attacks on churches in Mangaluru.
On September 14, 2008, Ganapathy was also charged with lathi charging a congregation that was forced out of the Kadri Church, which comes under his jurisdiction. The allegation was made by newspaper reporter Naveen Soorinje, who was an eye-witness.
The incident led to protests against the officer, and he was transferred. A Department enquiry was also set up against Ganapathy.
The second controversy gripped Ganapathy after the encounter of rowdy-sheeter Prashanth in Bengaluru in September 2010. Prashanth’s mother had filed a case in the courts, alleging that the encounter was staged. This led to second enquiry against him.
Recently, he was given a clean chit in the encounter case, but the incident had damaged his career as his promotion was put on hold.
The list of enquiries against him does not end here. He also had corruption charges against him in two more cases in 2014, when he was the inspector of Madiwala and Rajagopalanagar in Bengaluru.
On the domestic front, his brother MK Thammaiah also joined the police force as a Sub-Inspector and later was promoted to DySP much before Ganapathy. This was a source of friction between the brothers.
Ganapathy was eventually promoted to DySP, but his transfer to Mangaluru, where he did not have good memories, depressed him, say sources.
In another angle to the blame game, higher officers say that one of the persons Ganapathy accused of harassing him - AM Prasad, ADGP (intelligence) - has not come in contact with Ganapathy for more than eight years now.
AM Prasad had met Ganapathy sometimes when he was an inspector in Kadri police limits in Mangaluru in 2008. Officials claim that once Ganapathy was posted in Bengaluru, neither Ganapathy nor Prasad contacted each other.
Moreover, Prasad’s career has been spotless, so far.
So, all is not black and white in the death of DySP MK Ganapathy. There are quite a few grey areas which are currently under consideration.