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Former air vice-marshal commits suicide

A retired Vir Chakra awardee of the Indian Air Force allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday by shooting himself through the chin with a .12 bore double barreled gun at his residence here.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2009 23:53 IST

A retired Vir Chakra awardee of the Indian Air Force allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday by shooting himself through the chin with a .12 bore double barreled gun at his residence here.

Air Vice-Marshal (retired) Manjit Singh Dhillon had been living in Sector 35 in Chandigarh with his wife, Harjit Kaur, a former dentist with the IAF. No suicide note has been recovered.

Station house officer of Sector 36 Anokh Singh said Kaur told him that her husband was depressed because of loneliness as his son and daughter lived in Delhi. She said Dhillon was always worried about the future and was fed up with his life.

Dhillon used to discuss his loneliness with his family and had urged his son to take up a job in Chandigarh. His friend retired wing commander J.M. Kaushal, however, said he never showed any signs of depression during their evening walks together.

Their neighbhours said the couple kept to themselves. They said the son and daughter used to visit their parents occasionally.

Deputy superintendent of police (south) Jaswant Singh Khaira said preliminary investigations revealed that it was case of suicide but a forensic team was also called. Dhillon had got a Vir Chakra for his bravery during the 1971 war.