Mangaluru, July 13, 2016: Deputy Superintendent of Police from Mangaluru M.K. Ganapathy did not show any suicidal tendency, Smrithi C., consultant neuro-psychiatrist at A.J. Institute of Medical Sciences and one of the doctors who treated the deceased officer, said on Tuesday. Though he had symptoms of “significant depression”.
She said the officer had reported of irritation and stress at workplace. The officer did not have any problems from his family members, she stated.
Dr. Smrithi said when she first interviewed Ganapathy at the hospital in April, he reported of sadness and loss of interest in any activity. He also complained of loss of confidence, sleep disturbance, and severe headache, she said.
While prescribing anti-depressants, she had asked Ganapathy to come along with his family member or a close friend for his subsequent visits in order to decipher more about his depression and stress.
Ganapathy, however, failed to bring any of his family members or friends during his subsequent two visits, she said. The officer consulted her regularly on the phone and the last call she received from him was in June, when he reported of change in the medication that had not made any effect on his condition.
Dr. Smrithi said she did not notice any suicidal tendency in the “soft-spoken and well-mannered” police officer during consultation. Another doctor from the same hospital, P.K. Kiran Kumar, had also treated Ganapathy and said that he had not noticed any suicidal tendency in him.