A police sub-inspector on Wednesday morning attempted to shoot himself using his service revolver after a team from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) caught him for allegedly demanding bribe. Manish Gawande, 30, attached to the Pachpaoli police station, put his service revolver to his head after realising he had been trapped by the ACB at his residence in the police quarters.
His wife and ACB officials managed to push his hand away in time and the single round he fired missed his temple. He has been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act along with two other policemen from Pachpaoli police station.
According to an ACB officer, a 33-year-old man had approached Nagpur ACB after Gawande along with assistant sub inspector Ulhas Pawar, 51, and constable Pravin Jambhulkar, 32, demanded Rs 4,000 from him as ‘hafta’ for two months for smooth running of his eatery in the area. While the complaint was registered in the last week of October, the ACB officials were working out various details and finally after registering a case of demanding bribe, the officials reached Gawande’s house with proof.
On seeing the ACB team, Gawande fished out his service revolver and tried to shoot himself. “Initially there were rumours that he had fired on the ACB team. However, it was just a case of misfiring,” said an ACB officer. Following the incident, the local police also registered a case of attempt to suicide against him.