Published On: Sat, Feb 20th, 2016

Former DGP denies pushing IPS officer to ‘suicide’

Chennai: Hours after IPS officer N Harish was found dead in the Police Officer’s Mess in Chennai, officers were locked in an exchange on social media, with former Tamil Nadu DGP K Ramanujam firing a salvo at ‘anonymous sources’ who blamed him.

Former Tamil Nadu DGP K Ramanujam

Former Tamil Nadu DGP K Ramanujam

A person, claiming to be a batchmate of Harish, accused former DGP Ramanujam of “torturing” the 32-year-old by holding back his promotion.

Ramanujam dismissed the allegation saying Harish had failed to clear the Tamil proficiency test for officers. “I had nothing against him personally,” Ramanujam said, reacting to posts forwarded by officers in the forum.

Harish, a 2009-batch Assistant Superintendent of Police, was found dead on Thursday. While the cause of his death is unclear, social media was abuzz with outbursts about the way young officers are handled by their seniors.

Describing the “insinuations” as “unfortunate”, the former DGP said he grieved for Harish’s death like anybody else. Some posts said Harish was depressed and had taken to drinking owing to personal reasons.

Ramanujam refused to dwell on reasons that may have prompted Harish to end his life, saying he did not wish to make him the centre of unwanted discussions.

“When he was going through some trouble, I did make a senior IPS officer hailing from Karnataka speak to Harish, who is also from the same state,” he said, adding that the accusations doing the rounds maligned Harish’s memory.

“Such a statement assumes that promotions are granted at the whim of the DGP and junior officers have to beg for legitimate dues,” he said.

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