Policewoman attempts suicide in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: A woman sub-inspector of the Karnataka Police allegedly attempted to commit suicide on Tuesday here after she was “chided” by her senior for misusing confiscated mobiles for personal use, police said.

“We learnt that Vijayanagar police station’s PSI Roopa, about 30 years, tried to kill herself by consuming around 15 sleeping tablets but was rushed to a private hospital near her house where she is recovering,” a senior police officer told reporters later.

According to a preliminary inquiry, Roopa’s Senior Inspector Sanjiv Gowda had accused her of using seized mobiles, which were at the police station, for making personal calls.

“Unable to bear the humiliation by her senior officer, Roopa wanted to commit suicide like Mangaluru DSP M.K. Ganapathi, as she wanted to end life than face insults and accusations,” the officer said.

Doctor Ravindra of Suguna hospital, where Roopa was admitted, told reporters that though she was out of danger, she had been kept in the intensive care unit under observation as she was still under the effect of heavy dose of sleeping pills.

Ganapathi, 51, allegedly committed suicide on July 7 at Madikeri in Kodagu district after holding former Home Minister K.J. George and two IPS officer responsible for harassing him in an interview to a local news channel.

George resigned on Monday as Bengaluru Development Minister after a Madikeri court directed police to file a first information report (FIR) against him and the two IPS officers – Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) A.M. Prasad and Lokayukta (Ombudsman) Inspector General of Police Pranob Mohanty – on a complaint filed by Ganapathi’s elder son Nehal.