A head constable attached to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) committed suicide at the domestic airport in Santacruz by shooting himself with his 9mm service pistol on Thursday afternoon.
Shamal Ram, 51, shot himself when he was travelling to his post at the domestic terminal.
Ram, a native of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan, was posted in Mumbai a year ago. He was earlier posted in Hyderabad. He was from 1981 batch of the CISF.
The police said his family in Rajasthan has been informed.
Police sources said the incident took place around 1.10pm. Ram, who lived in the CISF barracks at Kalina in Santacruz (East), was travelling in the bus to be dropped at their posts across the airport. The bus left the domestic terminal and was heading towards Sahar cargo complex with 25 CISF personnel, including Ram, who was seated in the second last seat.
After dropping most of the personnel, the bus crossed the air traffic control with six occupants. This is when Ram removed his firearm, placed it on his right temple and shot himself. He was taken to Nanavati Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
A CISF officer and a friend of the deceased, requesting anonymity, said Ram did not seem to be depressed. He had resumed work 10 days ago after returning from Rajasthan, the official said.
“We are recording the statements of his colleagues. Prima facie there doesn’t seem to be anything suspicious,” Dilip Patil, senior inspector, Sahar police station said. “We have registered a case of accidental death.”
The CISF management ruled out work pressure as a reason. Jitender Negi, senior commandant, CISF, said, “He had returned from 20 days of leave. Before that, he had availed long leave twice.”
Negi said trouble in the family could be a reason. A team is likely to visit Rajasthan.