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Top UP IAS officer shoots self

lucknow Updated: Nov 29, 2009 23:40 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Housing) Harminder Raj Singh

Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Housing) Harminder Raj Singh (55) reportedly committed suicide at his official residence by shooting himself in the early hours of Sunday.

No suicide note has been found, according to the police. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order, West) A.K. Jain ruled out foul play in Singh’s death.

Singh was in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1978 cadre.

When asked if Singh was under pressure from any quarter, Jain said no such thing had been learnt during the investigation.

“The police are yet to record statements of family members. If Singh’s wife and children bring any such thing (pressure) to our notice, the police will investigate the matter,” he said, adding that the police were yet to collect Singh’s mobile phone for call details.

The body was taken to Delhi.

“The family members have left for Delhi. When his wife returns after the cremation, we will talk to her and other family members. We have done the body’s videography,” Jain said.

Deputy Inspector General (Lucknow Range) Prem Prakash said Singh shot himself on the right side of his forehead with his licensed .32 bore revolver at around 1.30 am.

“No suicide note has been found and the reason for the act could not be ascertained,” he said.

“Singh was suffering from high blood pressure. Doctors had prescribed him medicine for that. The police have collected the drug from his bedroom,” Prakash said.

On Saturday evening, Singh attended the wedding of the kin of an IAS officer.

The Samajwadi Party has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the death.