IAS officer’s mobile, laptop are missing
The cartridge of the bullet with which UP Principal Secretary (Housing) Harminder Raj Singh reportedly committed suicide on Sunday in Lucknow is untraceable, according to the police.india Updated: Dec 01, 2009 01:05 IST
The cartridge of the bullet with which UP Principal Secretary (Housing) Harminder Raj Singh reportedly committed suicide on Sunday in Lucknow is untraceable, according to the police.
The police say the empty shell of the bullet that killed Singh as well as his mobile and laptop cannot be located.
Singh was in charge of a majority of state government projects, including Ambedkar parks, establishing hi-tech colonies and allotting land to construction companies, etc.
Soon after Singh’s death in the early hours of Sunday, the police searched his room both on Sunday and Monday but could not locate the empty shell, mobile and laptop.
The police sealed the rooms in which the act took place as well as his bedroom.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress on Monday raised the issue of the alleged suicide by Singh.
Shailendra Kumar, a Samajwadi Party MP, said that Singh, a senior officer in the state, took the step after “ruling bosses” rebuked him.
“The suicide note of the officer has disappeared under mysterious circumstances ... there should be a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The state government should be dismissed," the MP said, supported by party colleagues.
Congress MP Jagadambika Pal also favoured a CBI probe into the mysterious death of the senior officer.
“Singh was under undue pressure from the state government. The version of the UP police that he was suffering from depression and high blood pressure is not correct. His wife has denied this,” Pal said.
IAS officers held a condolence meeting in Lucknow.
Most of the officers felt that they should stand together against political pressure. However, they did not clarify what the term ‘political pressure’ meant.
Singh was an IAS officer of the 1978 batch.