A 70-year-old man, acclaimed as the first cameraman of Indian television, shot himself dead at his Siddharth Enclave office in south Delhi on Tuesday morning.
The police said the man, identified as Amarjeet Singh, was owner of a production company called Cine India International, which has produced several short films for Doordarshan and other channels.
According to a personal assistant of Singh, who was working with him since the past 15 years, Singh had left his Siddharth Enclave house at 5am.
"He followed his daily routine — which is to go to the gurudwara first. He returned to his office at 7.30am and went to the prayer room. I was standing outside the room when I heard the gunshot. When I entered, he was lying in the pool of blood," said Niranjan, Singh's assistant.
Niranjan said he did not notice any sign of depression. "The company has its offices in Kolkata and Mumbai, besides one in Delhi. He keeps shuffling between the three offices and had come to Delhi office on June 1. Before going upstairs, he had a chat with the colony security guard," he added.
Singh was rushed to AIIMS Trauma Centre where doctors declared him brought dead.
Singh's office is at 3, Siddharth Enclave, while he lives in 41, 42, of the same locality.
"Singh shot himself on the right temple with his licensed revolver. Nothing was found disturbed at the spot; the site was inspected by the crime team and was photographed as well. The weapon and its licence have been seized. Post-mortem is being conducted at the Trauma Centre," a Delhi Police spokesperson said.
The police said that the reason for suicide was not known yet and they were taking statements of the family members to ascertain the reason.
No suicide note was recovered from the spot. Singh is survived by his wife and three children. His family members refused to talk to the media.
According to a close member of the family, Singh was a gold medalist of the first batch of Pune's Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
"After that, he involved himself in the production business. His company was involved in the production of several short films. He was a former consultant to UNICEF and had assisted UPSC as one of the members for the selection of top posts," a relative said.
Apart from that, the company was associated with many sports channels for the production of various programmes. The police are exploring the angles of loss in business or a family issue, which led to his suicide.