The last call made by Dalbir Singh, the 23-year-old Railway Protection Force constable who shot himself, was to his fiancée.
On Saturday night, Singh shot two rounds from his AK-47 service rifle into his chest at the Mumbai Central station.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) team probing the incident also found Singh had made 45 calls to his two older sisters earlier that day, and had last spoken to his fiancée at 8.31pm on Saturday. He was on night duty with other four constables on the Gujarat Mail, which departs from Mumbai Central around 10pm. He shot himself around 9.30pm. The GRP will now send a team to Singh’s home in Haryana to speak to his family.
From the probe so far, officials have pieced together the events that led to Singh shooting himself.
On Saturday morning, Singh returned to his barrack after duty the previous night. In the afternoon, he called one of his sisters 28 times, but spoke only 10 of the times; the other 18 were found to be missed calls. Some of the times, the call lasted more than 20 minutes. After that, Singh called another older sister 16 times, spoke five times while 11 were missed calls, said a GRP official.
“We have recorded the statement of four constables who were on duty with Singh on Saturday night. They were present at the spot when the incident took place, but their statements are all the same and we could find nothing that would help us figure out what exactly triggered Singh,” said senior inspector Dattatray Pawar of the Mumbai central (GRP).
A police team of a sub inspector and two constables are going to Singh’s native town to speak to his the family to find out what could have caused him to commit suicide, Pawar said.
“We will also inquire with the officer who assigned duties, if there were any issues. As of now, we are not yet investigating issues related to getting leave” added Pawar.
Singh, a Haryana native, had joined the RPF on August 1, 2015. He stayed at the RPF barracks in Bandra (East) with 34 constables. His father, Rajendra Singh, is a farmer. Singh is the only son.
The RPF has initiated departmental inquiry and an assistant commander-rank officer has been conducting the inquiry.
Another GRP official said, “Singh reached the office at 9.30pm and wore his uniform and picked up his service rifle. He was a little upset, and he took service rifle and bullets and shot two rounds in his chest.”
Constables inside the office rushed him to hospital, but he was declared dead.