Gulbarga The spate of suicides involving police staff has continued in Karnataka with a constable allegedly taking his life this morning in Gulbarga owing to issues relating to his transfer. Annarao Saibanna Gamaga (48), a head constable with the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), was found hanging from the ceiling at his staff quarters in Sultanpur in Kalaburgi. Though he was taken to a nearby hospital, he did not survive.
Gulbarga SP Mr Satish visited the place and condoled the death of the constable.
According to his relatives, Annarao, who was working for the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP), was transferred to the IRB a year ago. Owing to poor health, he requested to be transferred back to the KSRP. However, it is alleged that his superiors demanded money to transfer him back to the KSRP. Annarao was reportedly under great stress and may have
committed suicide because of the issue, his relatives alleged. This is the fifth suicide case involving police staff in the last two weeks in Karnataka. The police have registered a case and probing the circumstances leading to Annarao’s suicide.
Hassan, Jul 21: Even as opposition parties in Karnataka are blaming state government responsible for suicides and suicide attempts by officers, a KAS officer reportedly tried to kill herself at her residence in Hassan on Thursday.
E. Vijaya, who has been working as Assistant Commissioner of Hassan since January 2015, was transferred as Administrative Officer of Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences last month. She had reportedly sent a message to Additional SP Shobha Rani saying that she would commit suicide. The police officer rushed to her residence as soon as she received the message and took her to a private hospital in her official car. It is said she attempted to hang herself.
Vijaya was transferred to the Medical Education Department last month. She moved the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal against the transfer She got her transfer stayed on the grounds that she had not yet completed her two-year tenure
in the post. Many organisations had demanded her transfer and disciplinary action against her alleging that she was corrupt.