A day after he circulated a WhatsApp message, threatening to commit suicide for alleged harassment by state Director General of Police Satish Mathur, Inspector General of Police (Amravati range) Vitthal Jadhav “is now sorry about what he has done”, the DGP said on Tuesday.
Mathur also said that he — individually — would not initiate any action against Jadhav for insubordination.
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“I spoke to him 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,” DGP Mathur said. “I also 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.”
The DGP added, “Jadhav seems to have realised his mistake and is now sorry about what he has done.” IGP Jadhav remained incommunicado.
Asked about action, Mathur said, “I am not going to initiate any action. IG-level officers are dealt with by the government, so the government will decide.”
On Sunday night, in a message sent to some police officers on a WhatsApp group, Jadhav had stated, “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.”
The IGP was reportedly upset over Mathur seeking an explanation from him over the incident of stone-pelting during a Ganesh immersion procession at Umerkhed town in Yavatmal district a couple of months ago. Reacting to the allegation, Mathur said, “It is my duty to ask my officers why such an incident had occurred.”