A Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable shot himself with an AK-47 at the organisation’s office at Mumbai Central railway station on Saturday at 9.30pm. The constable, Dalbir Singh, was on duty at the time and had been stationed in the Gujarat Mail, which departs from Mumbai Central around 10pm.
“We have not yet been able to ascertain why he killed himself. The Mumbai Central GRP unit is currently investigating,” said Anup Kumar Shukla, senior divisional security commissioner, RPF, Western Railways.
Singh, a Haryana native, had joined the RPF in 2015. He stayed at the RPF barracks in Bandra (East). An assistant commander will conduct an inquiry, said Shukla.
“Singh reached the office, wore his uniform and picked up his service riffle. He was speaking on the phone and it seemed like he was talking to his family members. He was a little upset and after disconnecting the call he shot two rounds in his chest,” said Singh’s colleague, on condition of anonymity.
The GRP was informed about the incident. They have conducted a panchnama of the spot and recorded the statement of a few eye witnesses.
Constables inside the office rushed him to hospital. Singh died during treatment at Nair hospital. His family members were informed about the incident at his native place after Singh . His father and brother in-law reached Mumbai in the morning, said an RPF officer. A post-mortem was conducted body was handed over to his father.