An assistant sub-inspector of the Punjab police posted at the Tanda police station committed suicide with his service revolver at his residence in Patiala village late Saturday after he was reportedly fed up with his prolonged illness and work pressure.
The victim, Gulzar Singh (52), was on medical leave for the past three months and had returned home on January 15 after spending many days in various hospitals in Ludhiana and Chandigarh. His wife Sukhwinder Kaur said he had been diagnosed with jaundice and cancer. She alleged that despite his poor health, he had to work for months as his medical leave was not sanctioned which had left him physically and mentally drained.
“Last evening at around 7 pm, he sent our son to the market to bring a cold drink and asked me to bring his service revolver saying he had to deposit it in the police station. After a few minutes, he shot himself dead with the same weapon,” said Sukhwinder. “When we heard the gunshot I and my sister-in-law rushed in and saw him lying in a pool of blood,” she added.
The police reached the spot and took the body in custody and initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).