INSPECTOR General of Police (Amravati range) Vitthal Jadhav has expressed regrets over the controversy he created by circulating a WhatsApp message Monday, threatening to “commit suicide” alleging harassment by Maharashtra Director General of Police Satish Mathur.
The state police chief said this while talking to The Indian Express Tuesday. “I spoke to him (Vitthal) twice, yesterday and today, to apprise him of the seriousness and impropriety of what he has done. I told him if he had any grievance he should have spoken to me directly instead of circulating such a message among colleagues and mediapersons. I further told him that if he didn’t want to talk to me, he should have approached the chief minister, who is also the home minister, for redressal of his grievance. He seems to have realised his mistake and is now sorry about what he has done,” he said.
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Asked if any action would be initiated against Jadhav for insubordination, Mathur said, “I am not going to initiate any action. IG-level officers are dealt with by the government, so the government will decide about it….” Jadhav had even said in the message that he was being targeted because he was a Maratha.
“From Mpsc cadre and unfortunately Maratha You @Hon Dgp sir Targettimg Me, I will sucicidede & you Hon DGP will be responsible, I CCant Bear Ur & Hon DGP’s Humilation Hence Forth. Before I commit Succidee I will disclose Every Thingto Press And My Family Members,” Jadhav purportedly wrote on WhatsApp.
He was reportedly upset over the DGP seeking explanation from him over the incident of stone-pelting on Ganesh immersion procession at Umerkhed town in Yavatmal district a couple of months ago. “It is my duty to ask my officers as to why such an incident had occurred. I write such letters daily to so many officers. How could that be construed as harassment,” Mathur asked. Jadhav remained incommunicado since his WhatsApp outburst.