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UP IPS officer googled ‘ways to end life’ before consuming poison, say police

Surendra Kumar Das is the superintendent of police of East Kanpur district. He had joined the post less than a month back. It was his first posting that gave him independent charge of the district

india Updated: Sep 07, 2018 13:29 IST
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Surendra Kumar Das was found unconscious at his official residence by a staff member early morning, September 5, 2018.(HT Photo )

IPS officer Surendra Kumar Das, who allegedly consumed celphos on Wednesday and is battling for life, had been researching ‘ways to end life’ for the last few days.

This was revealed after an assessment by police and cyber experts of the browsing history on his laptop and mobile.

“He was depressed and in this state he also watched certain videos about using poison and the razor as tool for the suicide,” said an official.

“He was not in a right mental state. He was depressed,” said Anant Deo, SSP, Kanpur.

“Right now our priority is to save his life; a team of specialist has been flown in from Mumbai with essential equipment. Everyone is praying that he recovers,” he said.

The IPS officer is the superintendent of police of East Kanpur district. He was posted as SP city Kanpur East on August 9.

The police, meanwhile, are also looking into aspects that could have pushed him to take the extreme step.

The staff at Das’s residence told officials there was an argument over food between Das and his wife Raveena Singh, who is doing masters’ in surgery from GSVM Medical College.

Officials privately admit the couple had a fight over the non-vegetarian pizza she ordered on Janmashtami.

“The argument over food had intensified and the in-laws had to come and settle the issues,” said an official.

An official said since it has become a police case, the investigators would speak to his family members who are deeply saddened.

The hospital, meanwhile, issued a medical bulletin saying there was no change in his condition.

“The poison had affected the kidneys,” said Dr Rajesh Agarwal, chief medical superintendent, Regency Hospital.

The team of doctors is monitoring his condition on 20 parameters and ECMO was being used to stabilise his condition.

First Published: Sep 07, 2018 10:41 IST