An unfortunate wave of events, which seems to have firmly gripped a police training college in south Delhi, claimed its third victim on Wednesday. This time, it was a 40-year-old, allegedly depressed, head constable who fell to his death in 'an inebriated state'.
Identified as Vishram Meena, he was recently posted with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the crime branch from the 4th battalion. Meena's barrack-mates found him lying in a pool of blood under the balcony of his second-floor room around 6am on Wednesday.
"He was pronounced brought dead at hospital. His body has been sent for post-mortem examination. Anything conclusive about the reason of his death can only be said after the report is in," said Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south).
The incident, the third of the 'unfortunate kind' to have been reported from the Malviya Nagar Police Training College this month, follows the discovery of a constable's body from a water tank and an accidental shooting.
On May 3, a 22-year-old constable, later identified as Manish Hooda from Rohtak in Haryana, had been found drowned in a water tank situated on a terrace located in the same campus.
Four days later, constable Dinesh Kumar, 22, recruited as recently as in 2010, died after one of his colleagues, Sunil Kumar, accidentally shot him square in the chest with a colleague's service weapon.
Both the incidents and Meena's fall to death occurred at the same location - barrack number one of the college.
"Meena, according to his colleagues, had a drinking problem and had drunk more than usual on Tuesday night," said a police officer. "He seemed to have been depressed not only because of his new posting, but also because his son had failed to get inducted into Delhi Police."
The results of the Delhi Police constabulary examination were announced on Tuesday morning. Meena's son couldn't get through and this had added to his depression, sources claimed.
"He was more inebriated than usual and must have lost his balance while standing adjacent the low parapet he fell over" said the officer. "Initial reports points out that Meena died due to a blunt injury on the head. There are also some injury marks on his body." Police said they had sufficient reason to believe that it was an accident.