He lost his gun, his daughter and 10 years of his life for no fault of his

He lost his gun, his daughter and 10 years of his life for no fault of his

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2017-02-27 10:02 Bengaluru: Dasharath Rao, who is currently  serving as Assistant Reserve Police Sub-Inspector at CAR headquarters felt happy when he got to know that the theft of his service revolver ten years ago was solved and that his innocence was proved. In 2006, Dashrath was serving as a head constable in the security detail at Raj Bhavan, when his service revolver went missing. That unfortunate incident threw his life into a turmoil. Darsharat RaoLast week, 53-year-old police head constable Purushotham, who worked as a gunman for an MLC, was arrested for having two service revolvers in his possession. He was arrested under Section 7 of Arms Act (prohibition of acquisition or possession, or of manufacture or sale, of prohibited arms or prohibited ammunition). PurushothamPurushotham filed a complaint in Cottonpet police station when he was reportedly assaulted by drunk men after he objected to them urinating in public. The four were urinating near Ganesha temple on Mysore Road near the police headquarters where Purushotham lived.In his complaint, Purushotham said that the drunk men ran off with his revolver. But, the consequent police investigation revealed that the gun was snatched after Purushotham pointed it at the head one of the drunk men. Investigation revealed that Purushotham possessed two guns, one of which belonged to his ex- colleague Dasharath, which went missing in 2006. Purushotham is in police custody now and is being investigated further. He is suspected of stealing arms from the City Armed Reserve headquarters and substantial evidence has been found in he house of a relative of his, police sources said. Speaking to bfirst.in, Dashrath  shares his bad experience and the punishments he had to go through for losing his service revolver."I joined the police department as a constable in 1980. I am a native of Bidadi. I was happy to do police duty, but never expected that I have to undergo lot of humiliation for no fault of mine. In 2006, I was working as a head constable at Raj Bhavan When I happened to lose my service revolver. I was confused and tried remembering where I had lost it."A departmental inquiry was conducted against Dashrath. He and his family had to go through much humiliation."I was suspended  from duty for six months. I was demoted instead of getting promotion for continuous three years. I also got no increment in salary for a period of three years. I was also asked to pay Rs 21,000 to the department for losing my service revolver. I told my senior officials that someone in the department might have stolen my revolver, but they did not believe me."Apart from this, Dashrath lost his young daughter."My daughter was young. She  committed suicide. She was upset over my suspension order and the humiliation that we all had to go through in the department and society as well. I lost my child and I will never be able to forget it till I breathe my last. Who do I blame now? Myself or the Department or Purshotham? Those days still haunt me."Dasharath lives at MTS Layout near Outer Ring Road, Kengeri, in a rented house along with his wife and two sons. While his elder son has a car and works as a cab driver, his younger son has completed MBA and working in a company near Bellandur. When asked why Purshotham stole his gun, Dasharath replied: "I do not know. When I and he were posted at Raj Bhavan, we worked well together and were good friends. I did not even expect him to do this to me."Dasharath has six months for his retirement. After the case was solved and reopened, he wants to write a letter to his senior officials asking the RS21,000 they deducted from his salary  be returned to him."I am happy that finally, my innocence was proved and truth prevailed. But nothing can compensate my daughter's death."