16 May 2007
BANGALORE — A Bangalore police inspector N. Srinidhi, who was conferred the gallantry medal by the President last year, for gunning down naxal leader Saketh Rajan, has been sent to jail for beating his wife.
Srinidhi, who has been serving as Inspector of Frazer Town police station here, was arrested by the Vijaynagar police after his wife Jyothi Shree, lodged a complaint of assault and dowry harassment against him.
Confirming the arrest of Srinidhi by the police on Monday, Bangalore City Police Commissioner N. Achuta Rao said the police officer would be suspended from duty.
According to a senior police officer handling the case, Srinidhi preferred going to jail rather than apologising and making up with his wife.
In her complaint, Jyothi Shree said Srinidhi constantly harassed and ill-treated her. According to the complaint, Srinidhi asked his wife to polish his shoes as usual on Sunday. “He gave me a couple of blows when I took some time to polish the shoes. His mother and brother encouraged him to hit me even harder though my eight-year-old son pleaded with him to stop beating. I fell unconscious soon after”, Jyothi Shree told the Women’s Commission and the police.Before registering the case, the police asked Srinidhi to apologise to his wife and make a fresh start. “But, he remained adamant and did not express any regret. He admitted that he assaulted his wife as she ill-treated his aged mother and other family members”, the senior police officer handling the case told reporters.