A 22-year-old woman constable of Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) was found dead with bullet injuries in a watch-tower at the force’s camp in sector 8, Dwarka on Sunday morning.
As no suicide note was recovered on Siuli Pitra, the woman, police are investigating the possibility of foul play in the incident.
A native of 24 Paragnas in West Bengal, Pitra was found dead by her colleague who was to replace her at the watch tower for patrolling duty.
“At around 4am, when a woman constable went to relieve Pitra from her duty at the watch tower of 88-Battalion in Dwarka sector 8, she saw her lying in a pool of blood. She was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead,” a senior police officer said.
Police said that Pitra had bullet injuries in her stomach. “She was carrying her SLR (self loading rifle), which has two rounds of bullets. We are checking the CRPF records to ascertain how many bullets she had been allotted, to confirm whether she shot herself. Samples of empty cartridges found nearby have also been sent for forensic examination,” the officer added.
Pitra is unmarried and her family members have been informed about the incident.
She was originally posted with 135 Battalion of CRPF based in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri. She was, however, moved to the 88-Battalion where she was assigned to be on duty from 2am to 4am on the watch tower.
“Nobody knows when the incident happened. It must have happened between 2am and 4am, when she was on duty. No one heard the bullet fire. Since no suicide note was found, we are waiting for her parents to arrive to ascertain the reason behind the suicide,” the officer further said.
Further investigations are on in the case.