The 1986-batch IPS officer, Gaurav Dutt, was reportedly found with a slit wrist at his home on February 19.
The wife of a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who committed suicide earlier this week said her husband took the extreme step as he was being “humiliated” and “harassed” by the Mamata Banerjee-led government in “all possible ways”.
The 1986-batch IPS officer, Gaurav Dutt, was reportedly found with a slit wrist at his home on February 19. Dutt had taken voluntary retirement last year. Dutt, in a letter sent to his other officer that is believed to his last note before he committed suicide, had blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for “victimising” him for ten years.
“Present CM WB has victimised me for 10 years and went all out to demoralise me due to her single-minded vendetta against me for reasons best known to her,” he wrote in the letter.
Gaurav Dutt’s wife on Monday told India Today TV that her husband was “harassed in all possible ways” by Mamata Banerjee. She said she will fight for her husband’s “justice”.
“I want justice for my husband who sacrificed his life. Whatever he suffered, the other dedicated officers should not suffer. I will fight for justice,” she said.
“For the last ten years, he did not get any posting because of two baseless cases — one is related to human rights violation and one related to the vigilance commission. And for ten year they just kept the files pending or on hold without any reason,” Dutt’s wife said, referring to the two cases that were filed against the IPS officer.
In 2010, Dutt was suspended by the state government for allegedly being involved in a sexual abuse case. Dutt had pleaded innocent and claimed a conspiracy against him. In another case, a disciplinary committee held proceedings against Dutt for alleged financial irregularities.
On December 2018, he took voluntary retirement. The state government had since then put his voluntary retirement benefits on hold.
“His dues were stuck and he was harassed in different ways. He tried so much to he appeal to the Chief Minister and he went to different officers but no body helped. They just held the file for ten years. No promotion or elevation,” Dutt’s wife said.
“The way they behaved with him was very humiliating. He wrote a letter to Chief Minister. He tried to reach her so that he can explain her but she did not reply to the letter,” she further said.
The IPS officer’s wife said when her husband tried to reason with the state government and asked for the file on the two cases against him, the latter replied that “they lost the file”.
She also said that the police took away all the “evidence” her husband on day he died on February 19.
“Whatever evidence he left, all are taken by the police,” she said.
Source: India Today