Not getting enough help from his department to get over the attempt-to-murder case against him and his suspension, followed by severe depression, allegedly made 46-year-old superintendent of police (SP) Narinder Singh take his life on the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) campus here on Friday night.
The SP reportedly felt “isolated” after an attempt-to-murder case was registered against him in Delhi in 2013. As the family avoided talking to the media, those close to him claimed that the Arjuna awardee had been running from pillar to post to get help in the case from his department but his repeated pleas had fallen on deaf ears. They said he repeatedly approached senior officers in the past two years after the case was registered, leading to his suspension, but to no avail. His friends said some people in Delhi had intervened to strike a compromise in the case but things did not materialise as he was unable to arrange the hefty amount demanded.
Narinder was deployed at Punjab Bhawan in Delhi in 2013. On the night of October 4, he was arrested after allegedly firing at a youth and injuring him critically, following an argument at Keshav Puram in Delhi. Three youths had complained that Narender wanted to know an address as he was passing through Rampura Colony and they informed him about that, but the officer started scolding them saying they were lying. The argument turned ugly and in a fit of rage, he allegedly fired two bullets from his service pistol, which hit one of the youths in the chest. An attempt-to-murder case was registered against him.
According to the statement of Sunith (45), wife of the deceased, who is a school teacher, she had married Narinder, a resident of Delhi, 20 years ago. They have a daughter Sehreen (18). She said her husband had severe depression. “I returned home around 4.30 pm on Friday and saw my husband hanging from a ceiling fan. I called brother-in-law Surinder Singh and brought the body down,” Sunith claimed in her statement, adding they took him to a private hospital where he was declared brought dead.
A case under Section 174 of the CrPC was registered and the body handed over to the family after post-mortem on Saturday morning. The SP was later cremated with full honours. Wreaths were laid on the body by his colleagues and friends. His nephew lit the pyre.