Marathi filmmaker and producer, Atul B Tapkir’s wife and her relatives have reportedly been arrested for abetting his suicide.
According to a Mid-Day report, Priyanka Atul Tapkir, her cousin Bappu Thigle, and her adopted brothers Kalyan Gavhane and Balu Gavhane were produced before a magistrate court on Tuesday. They were then remanded to a day’s police custody till May 17.
They were arrested from their residences in Khed and Kondwa in Pune and charged with Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 306, 34 pertaining to abetment to suicide, common intent, an investigating officer told Mid-Day. The complaint was filed by Atul Tapkir’s father Bajirao Tapkir.
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Atul B Tapkir was found dead on Sunday morning (May 14) at a hotel in Karve Road, Pune. He had posted a suicide note on Facebook, blaming his wife and relatives for driving him to suicide. His post suggested that he was depressed over the financial losses he suffered by producing Marathi film, Dhol Taashe which released in 2015. He also claimed that while his father and sisters backed him, his wife allegedly harassed him, throwing him out of the house and forcing him to live out of the house for six months.
He was also upset about being kept away from their children, and constantly taunted and spoken ill of to friends and neighbours. Written in Marathi, his post also added that his wife’s “brothers” threatened and beat him up.
Currently, taking serious note of the allegations against an official who reportedly took a bribe of Rs 10,000 from Tapkir for not arresting him and his father after Priyanka had earlier lodged a complaint against him, Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla has ordered a probe against the official, Mid-Day reports.
In his suicide note, Tapkir urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to “listen to a man’s side of the story too when a woman lodges a complaint”.
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