The Thane Nagar Police are investigating the movements of police constable Dilip Singanwad, who committed suicide in the Thane Police Commissionerate compound on Tuesday morning, during the three-day period last week when he was on casual leave. Singanwad had taken leave, stating that he was going to his native place, but he never went there, and the police are probing whether something that occurred during that period triggered his extreme step.
Singanwad (25) was posted on duty at the Thane Police Commissionerate when he allegedly shot himself with his self-loading rifle (SLR) in the early hours of Tuesday morning. He left behind two suicide notes, one addressed to his family and the other to his fiancee, whom he was supposed to marry on June 4.
Further investigations had revealed that Singanwad had taken a three-day casual leave, purportedly to visit his native place, and had resumed work on Monday. However, inquiries with his family in Umardhadi Wadi revealed that he did not visit them.
“Singanwad used to share a rented house in Thane with three men, and inquiries with them have revealed that he was in Thane itself on those three days. We are analysing his call data records to get a better idea of his movements during those days,” said Police Inspector Ramesh Pawar of Thane Nagar police station.
Singanwad’s roommates recall him talking about visiting his native place, but have maintained that he was in Thane itself during the entire period when he was on leave, Pawar added.
Of the two suicide note that Singanwad left behind, the one addressed to his fiancee asked her to forgive him, while the one to his family states that no one was responsible for his actions. He had joined the police force three-and-a-half years ago, and was usually deputed on bandobast duty to various locations across the state, the police said.
Sentry who went on shooting spree says does not regret action, was ‘ragged’ for months
Lance naik RH Yadav (55), who went on shooting spree killing two fellow sentries and injuring two others inside the barracks at the Air Force station in Santacruz, on Wednesday reportedly said he did not regret the action.
The police said, “Yadav claims he called his supervisor a few minutes before the incident to complain about his colleagues’ behaviour towards him, and was angry that it was not redressed. He has further said that he wanted to shoot all the guards who were at the barracks. Yadav, attached to the Defence Security Corps, had aimed five rounds at his colleagues, while they were sleeping in their barracks on Tuesday at 1.30 am”.
Lance Naik Somdatta and Lance Naik H K Singh died as they took one bullet each, while two others sustained injuries. Just minutes before the sentries went to sleep, Yadav and the deceased had an argument over watching television, according to the police. Yadav has told the Nirmal Nagar police that six of his colleagues had been ragging him for the past few months and even made him do night shifts on rotation. He has alleged that several complaints to his supervisor on him being ragged were not addressed. In his statement, he has also stated that the manner in which his superior dealt with his complaint angered him further.
On Monday night, before his shift began, he had wanted his collegues to turn off the television as its blaring sound disturbed him. “He claims that when they refused to abide, he called his supervisor, who is believed to have asked him to work instead of making nagging calls,” the officers said. Another security guard Ramdharan Singh was posted at the rear gate, while two security guards were sleeping in one barrack, and three others were a few metres away from the main gate, when the incident took place. ens