Two policemen — including a senior official — died on Monday in an apparent case of murder-suicide in a Madhya Pradesh town.
State police officials said the two had an altercation after which the inspector rank official — identified as PK Chaturvedi — reportedly shot KS Malik, who is the sub-divisional officer of police at Tikamgarh district. He held the rank of deputy superintendent of police.
Police suspect Chaturvedi (54) may have shot Malik (53) with his service revolver before turning the gun on himself. When the bodies were found, it was first suspected that they shot each other.
"It is too early to comment on what transpired between the two officers but there is also a possibility that one of them shot the other and committed suicide," a police official said.
Sources in the department said differences had cropped up between the officers after a raid on a gambling joint recently.
A relative of Chaturvedi said the inspector was being harassed by his superior, Malik.
Senior police officials, including additional SP, rushed to Prithvipur — where the killing took place — from Tikamgarh district headquarters to take stock of the situation.
Inspector general of Sagar range, Pankaj Srivastava, confirmed both officers have died. "The injury is on Malik's head and Chaturvedi's temple", he said."Malik was posted there just two months ago and so there doesn't seem to be a possibility of a long term dispute. The inspector was posted here for a year. It could be a case of immediate provocation. We are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident," Srivastava said.
Home minister Babulal Gaur told media persons in Bhopal that a CID inquiry would be conducted to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the entire incident.
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