Assistant sub-inspector Dilip Shirke, 56, may have been depressed regarding an ongoing inquiry into a long leave he had availed in 2012, following which his increment had been stalled.
Abhishek, 26, Shirke’s eldest son, told The Sunday Express that his father had taken 70 days’ medical leave in 2012. The inquiry into it was still under way and, according to Abhishek, Shirke had been depressed and worried over the matter for the past few weeks.
“My father was very much on duty on Friday. He was on patrol duty in the combat vehicle,” said Abhishek, adding that seniors were trying to protect one another. “The CP is lying,” Abhishek added.
On Saturday, Shirke had gone to Andheri to attend a wedding and returned around 3 pm. He left for work in the evening. At 8.45 pm, the family received a call asking them to rush to the police station.
“When I arrived, I saw them cleaning blood at the police station. They told us father is critical; later, (they) told us he had died,” said a shocked Abhishek, the eldest of three siblings. His two sisters, Pranoti and Shruti, are aged 24 and 23, studying animation and software engineering, respectively. Abhishek has just written his Third Year BCom exams. Abhishek turns 27 on Sunday.
Before Vakola, where Shirke had been posted for the last four years, he was head constable at the DN Nagar police station. The family used to reside in Marol, moving to Kalina police colony five years ago.
Shirke’s wife, Dipti, 55, was in shock, said relatives.
At Kalina Police Colony, residents remember Shirke as someone always involved with youngsters and children.
“Only two days ago he visited my house to congratulate me on my wedding being fixed. He said he would not be able to attend as it was to be held in Kolhapur,” said Rohan Desai, son of a policeman living in the same colony.