Thane (TNE): A 21-year-old constable with the Thane railway police shot herself at Thane railway police station on Sunday morning, leaving behind a suicide note to her husband. The incident took place in the station’s computer room at 8:45 am, when no other staffers were present. The constable, identified as Vaishali Pingat, 21, allegedly managed to get the keys to the arms and ammunition locker while on duty on Saturday night.
Vaishali, who joined the force in 2011, loaded two bullets in the pistol the next morning and shot herself on the right side of her head. Hearing the gunshot, people nearby ran into the police station and rushed her to the Thane civil hospital. She was, however, declared dead before admission.
Her husband, Vijay Pingat, is also posted at the same station but had completed his night shift and gone back home to Ambernath. Vaishali was supposed to leave for home by 9 am but killed herself minutes earlier. A one-and-a-half page suicide note, addressed to her husband, was found in one of her pockets. The note read: “Now I cannot take it anymore… I cannot suffer anymore. We were very happy together and had I discussed my problems with you I would have changed my mind. You were a very good husband but our dream to have twins could not be fulfilled.”
She added in the note, “I will never be able to forgive myself for all that you had endure from society because of me. Since marrying me, your life has been full of sorrow. Despite that you always loved me so much. I am punishing myself for all my faults. My parents are the best parents in the world but they had suffer because of their daughter’s deeds. The Rs 1.25 lakh cheque that papa gave to me is still in the bag with my documents. I’m very sorry I could not fulfill your dreams. I alone am responsible for my death.”
Initial investigations have revealed that Vaishali was Vijay’s second wife. The two had married just eight months ago, after Vijay’s first wife, to whom he has been married for five year, gave her consent. All three lived together at their home in Ambernath. Though the police are looking at marital discord as a possible cause, they have no evidence of it as yet.
The Naupada police have sent Vaishali’s body for to JJ Hospital a postmortem. Meanwhile, the statements of her husband and parents will be recorded in the hope of finding a clue as to what made her kill herself. Police Inspector R Bhalsing from the Naupada police station told, “Her parents live in Pune and will arrive in Mumbai by late (Sunday) evening after they perform her last rites; we will record their statements then. Depending on their statements, we will take the necessary action.”
An aunt who visited the police station said the family was in a state of shock. “All we know is that she is no more. We had no idea that she was under stress or unhappy about something,” she said.
Husband of cop who shot herself arrested, charged
The Naupada police yesterday arrested the husband of railway police constable Vaishali Lingayat, 21, who shot herself at the Thane railway police station on Sunday morning.
Vijay Lingayat, 28, has been booked for abetting suicide, domestic violence and culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He was produced in a local court yesterday, which remanded him in police custody till February 10.
In her one-and-a-half page suicide note, Vaishali had mentioned that no one was responsible for her death. She had also sent an SMS to Vijay – saying “I love you, bye bye” – seconds before she shot herself in the police station’s computer room.
Despite this, the police say they have reason to suspect Vijay. The two met and fell in love when they were both posted at the Thane GRP in 2013. Vijay was already married at the time and the two reportedly told his first wife, Savita, that they would commit suicide if she didn’t allow them to marry.
Savita, 23, gave in to their demands, following which Vaishali and Vijay wed around eight months ago. All three lived together at a flat in Ambernath. Following their marriage, however, Vijay and Vaishali reportedly had to endure taunts from various people, including their relatives, friends and colleagues, which led to problems between the two.
Vaishali wrote in her suicide note: “Now you will not have to hear any more taunts from society, which you have had to suffer because of me. It has become unbearable now and I cannot take it anymore.”
Senior Police inspector J D More at Naupada police station said, “Despite being an educated government servant who knew the law, Vijay went ahead and married for the second time even though he was still married to his first wide. This caused problems between the couple.” He added, “In his complaint, Vaishali’s father claimed that Vijay had also demanded money from Vaishali on several occasions. Vaishali also mentioned money in her suicide note.”