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Maharashtra Forest: Srinivas Reddy is finally trapped by Amaravati police

The suspended field director of Melghat tiger reserve and addl PCCF Srimnivas Reddy who is an accused in sensational RFO Deepali chavan suicide case was finally taken in to custody by the Amaravati rural police.

Reddy was taken in to custody by the Amaravati rural police with the help of Nagpur crime branch in Nagpur in late Wednesday night.

Reddy is an accused in sensational RFO Deepali Chavan suicide case and the state government had suspended him. The Amaravati rural police have also lodged an offence against Reddy for abetment to suicide of Deepali Chavan.

Since offence was lodged Reddy had gone underground to evade arrest Amaravati police were also searching for him at various locations. His location was being found in Nagpur form Wednesday afternoon following which a team of Amravati rural police reached Nagpur. They started search for Reddy with the help of Crime Branch and local cyber cell.

The police nabbed him late night, when he was spotted near a hotel in city. After registering the incident in Nagpur, the Amaravati rural police took him along with them.  The Sub Divisional Police Amaravati rural Poonam Patil, she conform the news of taking Reddy in to custody. But refrained from divulging more details about the same.

According to sources the Amaravati rural police had taken all the necessary permissions in advance, he will be arrested after reaching Amaravati and former announcement will be made the police then try to secure his PCR.

Reddy’s family informed

It has been learnt that police informed Reddy’s family about his arrest.

Details of case

A deputy conservator of forest was arrested for abetment to suicide of a forest officer. The accused was arrested when he was about to board a train to Karnataka. The RFO had allegedly shot herself with a service revolver at her home in Amravati.

An IFS officer was arrested on Friday for allegedly abetting the suicide of a woman colleague, a Range Forest officer, who shot herself with a service weapon in Maharashtra’s Amravati district.

The IFS officer was arrested from Nagpur railway station when he was about to board a train to his place in Bengaluru, police said.

The police arrested Vinod Shivkumar, deputy conservator of forest, Googamal Wildlife Division of Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR) in Chikaldhara, from Nagpur Railway station in the morning hours, said Amravati superintendent of police (rural) Dr Hari Balaji N on Friday.


Shivkumar was arrested based on a complaint lodged by the family of range forest officer Deepali Chavan (34), who allegedly shot herself with a service revolver at her residential quarter at Harisal village of Amravati on Thursday.

According to an FIR, the victim was allegedly tortured, harassed, insulted and abused by the accused, which drove her to suicide.

The victim allegedly called her husband before taking the extreme step. He had alerted her staffers but before she had died by suicide before they could reach her.

Police officials from the Dharani police station found the suicide note and based on details provided by Chavan’s husband, a case of abetment to suicide was registered against Shivakumar.

The RFO left behind an 8-page suicide note implicating the accused and also blamed the MTR project director for not taking heed of her repeated complaints against the accused.

Shivakumar was booked for abetment to suicide.

The accused will be produced before the court for his police custody remand, the official said.

Relatives and well-wishers of the victim staged demonstrations before the post-mortem room of the district general hospital in Amravati and reportedly refused to take the body until MTR project director N Shrinivas Reddy was also arrested in the case.

IFS Officer arrested over death of woman colleague

The young woman RFO, Dipali Chavan-Mohite, 28, shot herself at her official quarters in the Harisal village near the tiger reserve with her service revolver and succumbed on the spot, late on March 25. Chavan, in a suicide note, had alleged sexual harassment and torture at the hands of an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Vinod Shivakumar.

Amravati: An Indian Forest Service (IFS) official was arrested at Nagpur police station for abetting the suicide of a female colleague in Amravati, Maharashtra. Deepali Chavan, a range officer at the Melghat tiger, had committed suicide after alleging sexual harassment and torture at the hands of an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Vinod Shivakumar.

The young woman RFO, Dipali Chavan-Mohite, 28, shot herself at her official quarters in the Harisal village near the tiger reserve with her service revolver and succumbed on the spot, late on March 25.

The case

Deepali Chavan, originally hailing from Satara, joined the forest department in 2014 through a selection by MPSC. She was first posted at Dhulghat Railway as a range forest officer and later transferred to Harisal in 2019. She had been entrusted with the responsibility of rehabilitation of several villages situated under the Harisal forest range.

Despite an inadequate staff of forest guards and labourers, she successfully rehabilitated Mangiya village. The tribals in the area tried to confine her. When she informed Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) Vinod Shivkumar about the incident, he did not come to her rescue. On the contrary, he charged her with lying. When a case of atrocity was registered against her on the complaint of tribals, instead of helping, Shivkumar humiliated her. In addition, Deepali Chavan has levelled several serious charges against Shivkumar.

According to the suicide note, he used to call her anytime in the night on patrol and pass lewd comments. He used to call her at camp and try to take advantage of her loneliness. Deepali in her detailed suicide note has further alleged that Vinod Shivkumar always used to humiliate her at Harisal in full public view because she did not respond to his ill-intended advances. Even her salary was withheld and she was being extremely harassed. Deepali writes, “when I was pregnant, Shivkumar even denied me permission to visit Amravati at my in-laws’ house.”

Had complained to MP Navneet Rana

Deepali Chavan while continuing her miserable saga has written that she was sent to a rocky area when she was pregnant causing her miscarriage. She had also told her sad story to Navneet Rana, MP from Amravati.

‘Sir, he has full protection from you’

Deepali Chavan has also alleged chief Conservator of forest Srinivas Reddy of fully patronizing Vinod Shivkumar and expressed regret that he would not take any action against Shivkumar.

Case of abetment to suicide registered against Vinod Shivkumar

As Deepali Chavan has held DCF Vinod Shivkumar responsible for her death, he has been booked for abetment to suicide in Dharni police station.

These are my last words: message to mother

Before taking the extreme step, Deepali called her mother who was returning from Jalgaon. Deepali said these are my last words and she cut the phone. Her mother was shocked and she contacted forest employees working in the Harisal office. Then she was informed about the unfortunate suicide of her daughter. Deepali also made the last call to her husband working in the Chikhaldara treasury and uttered the same words. Before leaving the office, she also made a final goodbye to her colleagues.




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