Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-02-19 19:03 Bengaluru: Harish Ananth can hardly believe that his childhood friend N Harish, the 32-year-old IPS officer who was found dead in officer’s mess in Chennai on Thursday, is no more.“Harish was studious in school. At RV College, he graduated with distinction in his mechanical engineering. He was so serious about IPS that he even refused a well-paying job from a top software firm,” says Ananth.It is true. Harish had been a good student all his life. Hailing from Hostoke and son of Nagarajappa and mother Shivamma, Harish had secured 95 percent in his SSLC from Florence School and over 90 percent in both his PUC and engineering studies. He did his PUC from KLE College and mechanical engineering from RV College.Harish's father had raised Harish and his two daughters - Asha and Poornima - with discipline. The family had great hopes from their brilliant elder son.Friends say that though Harish’s home was in Manjunathnagar, he had rented another house in Girinagar to focus on civil services. He had cleared the UPSC exam in his second attempt after taking up coaching in Delhi for a year.Like Ananth, who feels that Harish was not mentally weak to have committed suicide, Harish’s uncle Basavaraj is also unconvinced about the suicide angle. “Harish had opted for this profession. I am sure he would have mentally prepared for all the challenges and calling his death a suicide is wrong. This incident needs to be probed,” says Basavaraj. To buttress his argument further, he says, “Two months ago he got engaged and he was supposed to tie the knot next month.”After joining the service, Harish slowly became detached from his old friends’ circles, says his friend Narendra Babu, who too is shocked over the death. Recalling old days, Narendra says, “Harish liked cricket and he was regular on every Sunday during his college days. Once in six months we use to plan for a trip. He was so determined that he had volumes of books and study materials stocked in his room.” “Harish was very polite and very brilliant. He was rarely seen outside his residence, says Dakshayani, Harish’s neighbour. “After he got selected for IPS, I saw him once or twice around here. The family looked happy as he was getting married next month. It is very sad to loose such a nice guy,” says Dakshayani.Ananth feels that the discrimination angle should be probed, since Harish was reportedly unhappy as he was not given promotion while his batchmates and colleagues had received promotions. “Harish said that Tamil is a state language and he had taken special classes to learn the language,” says Ananth.Another friend also felt that the angle of possible discrimination for not knowing Tamil should be looked into.