Bollywood actor Preity Zinta’s cousin Nitin Chauhan committed suicide on Friday morning in Shimla. Chauhan shot himself with a pistol in a vehicle bearing the registration number HP 51 2089 near Sector 2, new Shimla.
Police reports said that Chauhan shot himself in the head with a pistol. No one heard any sounds but in the morning, the family members informed the police after they saw blood near a car.
Police also recovered two suicide notes, one from the car and the other from home. Sources said the victim blamed his wife and in-laws for driving him to suicide. “The victim and his wife had separated two years ago. The case regarding legal separation was pending in the court,” a senior police official said, adding, “The hearing of the case was on Friday.”
“In both suicide notes, of four pages each, Chauhan blamed his wife and in-laws of harassing him,” a police officer, who was on the spot, told HT. In both notes, the victim accused in-laws of harassing him by filing false cases. He also accused them of not allowing him to meet his son.
Chauhan’s mother in her statement to the police said that he was at home last night but when his mother went to his room around midnight, he wasn’t there. She thought, he had gone for a drive. In the morning, they saw his vehicle parked roadside and blood near the car.
Abetment case registered against in-laws
On the basis of the suicide note, police registered case of abetment to suicide against In-laws and started the investigation. “We have not interrogated anyone but registered a case against those mentioned in suicide note,” a Shimla police officer said.
Police yet to trace the source of weapon
The weapon used for committing suicide is not of the victim. Police has sent the weapon for forensic examination. The family in their statement revealed that they do not possess any weapon. Police has also sent his phone for forensic investigation to dig out call details and other information.