Mumbai: Senior Inspector Vilas Joshi succumbs to bullet injuries

A heated argument over leave and attendance entry turned Vakola Police Station into a murder scene. The police has now brought the situation under control.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: May 3, 2015 2:47 pm
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Senior Inspector Vilas Joshi who has shot by assistant sub-inspector Dilip Shirke succumbed to injuries on Sunday. ASI Dilip Shirke, attached to the Vakola Police Station in Mumbai on Saturday, had opened fire on his senior police inspector before killing himself with his service weapon. ASI Dilip Shirke reportedly had an argument with senior inspector Vilas Joshi shortly before the incident at 8.42 pm. The incident took place inside the station premises.


Sources said Shirke fired at Joshi’s back before killing himself. Joshi was rushed to suburban Lilavati Hospital and is said to be critical. His wireless operator also sustained a bullet injury to his thigh but is out of danger.

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Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni said that Shirke had an argument with Joshi regarding a station diary entry regarding his absence from work.

DCP (Zone X) Vinayak Deshmukh who inspected the scene of the crime said Shirke had arrived at the police station on Saturday evening in “half uniform”. He had been marked absent twice in the wee hours of Saturday when he was to have been on night duty. “The night inspector marked Shirke absent twice in the station diary after his night patrol upon not finding him at his deputed spot, once at 2.30 am and once at 6.30 am,” DCP Deshmukh told The Indian Express.

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When Shirke arrived at the police station on Saturday evening around 8 pm and found the absent remarks in the station diary, he barged into the cabin of Senior Police Inspector Joshi and began a loud argument.

Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria who rushed to the police station said Shirke shot his senior, the wireless operator and himself with his service weapon, a 9 mm pistol.

Sources said Joshi was leaving his cabin after the argument with Shirke when the latter, still inside the cabin, shot at Joshi in the back. Joshi’s wireless operator Balasaheb Aher rushed into the cabin and was shot in the thigh. Shirke then shot himself in the head.

JOSHI4 People gather at Vilas Joshi’s home.

He was declared dead on arrival at Lilavati Hospital. His body was later taken to JJ Hospital in Byculla for an autopsy. Shirke had reportedly sought a day off on Friday but was denied leave.

JOSHI Images from Vilas Joshi’s home.


Shirke, 55, was only a few years short of retirement. A senior police inspector, who was posted at Vakola a few years ago when Shirke was still a head constable, said he had found no particular problems with his behaviour or attendance.

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    May 3, 2015 at 10:50 am
    Vikas Joshi was a corrupted officer. He may have won many medals but he was one of he most corrupted govt servant I've ever met. I believe in karma !!
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      Daulat Raut
      May 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm
      Native People's Party : Killing over leave inquiry in Police Dept of Maharashtra : It has become routine in Maharashtra Police department to get over burdened with work , suffer depression , suffering strokes while on duty etc . Police Dept personnel also have casteism and Varnwad as it is one of the reasons of petty disputes over leave , promotions ,work allocations etc. No government is interested in wiping out Varn and caste system from such vital department It is many times noticed that lower caste staff and officers get insulting treatment from Brahmin Officers . This need to be stopped . Government should make efforts to bring homogenous feeling in staff by asking Brahmins to leave janeu once they join duty at police , defense and ministerial department so that people do not get feeling they they get hared by Brahmins . CM Maharashtra who is understood to be a Brahmins should leave Janeu himself and make an example to his staff that once joined government job no body is Brahmin . Also inquiries on petty matters like leave etc should not be encouraged . Will CM Maharashtra do this ? Nv. D.D.Raut , President , NPP Our Message to Nation : Janeu Chhodo , Bharat Jodo .
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        Tg Ramaswamy
        May 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm
        What is happening in Police department? From last few days we see in news report like police indulging in rape, possessing drugs in police station, Exortion and today an ASI opening fire inside the police station and shooting his senior officer. Where are we going and what discipline do the police force maintain? It is really a question of deteriorating law & order discipline among the police force of Maharashtra. Once upon a time Mahashtra Police was considered at par with Scotland Yard Police and today it is the most shameful police among all state police forces of India. The State police commissioner Rakesh Maria should immediately overhaul the present situation and take appropriate action including dismissal.
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          Krishna Iyer
          May 3, 2015 at 5:29 pm
          This incident could have been well avoided had Shirke's abnormal behaviour to his job been addressed via counselling. Apparently he could have been a severely stressed person, either at work or due to personal problems. These days counseling is one of the effective means of identifying stress and other situations and is required especially in the police force, a force that is frequently at logger heads between duty and conscience.
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            Parshuram Gautampurkar
            May 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm
            The ASI might be suffering from some sort of depression / might be ping through some mental tension owing to some home problem, and be also anno with said srspector, denying him leave, needed for some urgent domestic work. Marking him absent from duty and denying him leave made him badly anno and he lost his cool ,resulting in said tragedy- two untimely deaths. Parshuram Gautampurkar,Sawai Madhopur,Rajasthan
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              Prakashc Gidwani
              May 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm
              🙏 Extremely sad and unfortunate loss of Late sr pi Vokola..Mumbai police has lost a Good officer.Appreciate you timely presence and help..this force is runing because of certain great officers like you sir...with best regards Prakashc Gidwani
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                May 3, 2015 at 1:18 am
                somethin had to happen in vakola police station ..the w staff as in the police officers contables apart frm the senior who got shot are firstly racist they dont know how to talk with a women their language is abusive...they feel like they are kings over there...i m a resident of vakola and hav experienced this with them once...was hard to beleive they are public servants and are there for our saftey...if anyone could raise it to higher level it would be helpful for the residents here ...i m not the only one several others hav the same story to say over here
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                  May 3, 2015 at 12:25 pm
                  what is the evidence you are saying this? he was a serving officer anyways. By your logic there should be many more killings should have already happened long back.
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