After motherís death, policeman shoots himself

Bhanudas Baburao Shinde

Minutes after the death of his mother at the hospital, S-I Bhanudas Baburao Shinde (53) shot himself dead with his service revolver on Wednesday. The incident took place around noon at Ratna Memorial Hospital on Senapati Bapat Road. Police suspect the cop might have taken the extreme step as he could not bear the shock of his mother's death.

Police said S-I Shinde, a resident of Mhatoba Dara in Kothrud, was attached to Kothrud police station's detection branch. His mother, Janabai Baburao Shinde (84), was suffering from diabetes, hypertension, respiratory and heart problem and was admitted to the hospital after a cardiac arrest on May 20, police said.

She was announced dead at 12.05 pm. And about 15 minutes later, Shinde allegedly went to another room in the hospital and shot himself with his service revolver, police said.

"We heard a gun shot. Soon we found that the cop had shot himself. We informed the police," said Dr V M Datar, general administrator, Ratna Hospital.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Dnyaneshwar Phadtare said, "S-I Shinde had taken leave to attend to his mother. We are verifying why he took the extreme step. Prima-facie it is known that he loved his mother a lot and became emotional after her death. He is survived by wife, two sons and a brother."

Senior police officials, including Police Commissioner Meeran Borwankar, visited the hospital after receiving the information about the incident. Two deaths on a day turned out to be a major shock for the Shinde family.

Shinde's elder brother Vijay Shinde is a havaldar attached to Sahakarnagar police station. Deceased Shinde joined the police force as a constable with Pune city police on April 15, 1976. He was promoted as police S-I in 2002 after he cleared his internal departmental exam.

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