ATS DCP's wife flummoxes police with statement

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Sanjay Banerjee
Mumbai, March 28: In a new twist to the death of State Anti-terrorism squad's (ATS) deputy commissioner of police Sanjay Banerjee who shot himself his wife, Sushmita now claims that it was an 'accidental' death'. ‘He was trying to remove his handkerchief from his pocket when his gun fell out and fired a bullet that hit him in the head,' Sanjay Banerjee's wife was quoted as saying.

Confirming the statement made by Banerjee's wife, Thane Police Commissioner K P Raghuvanshi said, " She has said that Banerjee had pulled out his personal pistol and was fidgeting with it when it accidentally went off."

While initial evidence had clearly indicated that it was a suicide, the statement by Banerjee's wife has thrown the police off track. Recently, it was confirmed that the officer was under the influence of alcohol. It was also speculated that he had some financial problems which was the reason for the suicide.

The officer had gone out for lunch with his wife and children to Goa Portuguesa restaurant in Thane. While he was talking with his family, he suddenly took out his service revolver and shot himself in the head. When the incident took place, sources had said, "Banerjee had planned a lunch with his wife and children. He did not take his official vehicle and even asked the operator and driver to stay at home while he took a private car to reach to the hotel. They had ordered food and he was chatting with his family at around 3 pm. All of a sudden, he pulled out his service revolver and shot himself in the head. A bleeding Banerjee collapsed and fell on the ground. His children and wife cried, looking at him bleeding."

In 1996, Banerjee joined the Maharashtra state police as deputy superintendent of police. He was posted in Nanded as sub-divisional police officer (SDPO). In 2012 he was posted to ATS and headed the Data Analysis Wing of the counter-terror police agency. He had a major role in 'monitoring, recording and analyzing the mobile conversations of several suspects of the 13/7 Mumbai triple blasts.'

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