Sachin Tendulkar’s online rummy endorsements cause for bodyguard’s suicide, claims Bacchu Kadu; Calls for action

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Bacchu Kadu, a prominent political figure, has claimed that the suicide of Sachin Tendulkar’s bodyguard was due to an addiction to online rummy. Kadu expressed his outrage, stating, “The bodyguard who dedicated his life to protecting Sachin Tendulkar ended his life because of the online rummy advertisements endorsed by Tendulkar. This is both condemnable and infuriating. Sachin should either stop endorsing online rummy or renounce his Bharat Ratna award. If he fails to do so, we will burn his statue in protest on June 6th or 7th.”

As reported by Loksatta, this isn’t the first time Kadu has protested against Tendulkar. Speaking to the media, he emphasized the situation: “A bodyguard entrusted with Sachin’s safety had to take his own life because of the advertisements Sachin promotes. If such a revered figure’s endorsement leads to such a tragedy, it’s a national misfortune.”

Prakash Kapde, a 39-year-old member of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and Tendulkar’s bodyguard, reportedly shot himself at his residence in Jamner on May 15th. Kapde had served in the SRPF for 15 years and had previously worked with ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Narayan Rane. At the time of his death, he was stationed at Tendulkar’s Mumbai residence. He had returned to his home in Ganpati Nagar, Jamner, a week before his tragic demise.

Following Kapde’s suicide, police launched an investigation, with further details expected pending the post-mortem report. Kapde leaves behind his parents, wife, and two sons.

Kadu also spoke on broader political issues, likening the recent Lok Sabha elections to a religious war, driven by caste and religion rather than core issues. He criticized both the Congress and BJP for focusing on caste dynamics instead of pressing social matters, highlighting the reality of millions in Mumbai living on footpaths while vast tracts of land remain underutilized.