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Cop commits suicide

Burdwan, Feb. 18: A constable was found hanging from the branch of a mango tree in the police lines here this morning.

The police said Sukumar Pal, 38, had lost his service revolver about eight months ago while returning by train from Howrah. Pal had told before an inquiry committee that unknown miscreants had taken it away.

The committee concluded that Pal had a hand in the disappearance of the revolver. He was suspended a month ago and his salary and perks halved. Since then, the police said Pal had been suffering from depression and was undergoing treatment.

He had been missing from the barracks all of last night. His colleagues located the body hanging from the limb of a mango tree in a remote corner of the police lines in the morning.

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