Karnataka: Brother of Arrested PSI Fraud Accused Dies by Suicide
A 36-year-old man, believed to be the older brother of a candidate arrested in connection with the Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment scam, is believed to have died by suicide in the town of Holenarasipura, Hassan district .
The deceased was identified as Vasu G R. His brother Manu Kumar GR had scored 144.875 and scored 50th in the PSI exam to make the provisional list. However, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) police discovered that he allegedly paid a large sum of money to secure the seat and therefore arrested Manu on Tuesday.
According to the Holenarasipura city police, Vasu and his wife had lived in the city for eight years but were originally from the village of Gunje. Vasu was working as a contract employee of Group D and his contract had recently come to an end. He was hired during Covid-19 and his contract ended two months ago. Local police said he was addicted to alcohol and was sent to a rehab center, but he quit it in the middle.
The CID had interrogated Manu 10 days ago and raided their house in Gunje. Vasu was also aware of this and was depressed about it. On Tuesday, the CID took Manu into custody.
On Tuesday evening, Vasu’s wife, who had been out shopping, came back and saw that Vasu had hanged himself. The incident only came to light on Wednesday morning when the family informed the police.
While Vasu was unemployed, his wife took care of the family as she worked in a garment factory. The couple have two children, said a police officer.
A CID department official said, “Manu, who is currently in our custody, lives in Bangalore. We suspect he had paid Rs 40 lakh to get a PSI seat. We are looking at the finances of the whole family as prima facie we found out that they had been granted a loan of Rs 20 lakh. We don’t know if Vasu was one of them.
Meanwhile, Sharath Ramanna, president of the Nagamangala Bloc Youth Congress, has been arrested in connection with the scam. He is accused of having helped a candidate to rise on the provisional list.