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Denied leave, constable ends life

Calcutta, March 22: Denied leave to visit his ailing wife, a 28-year-old head constable of a police camp at Basanti in South 24-Parganas committed suicide this morning.

Officials said Biswajit Bhowmik was found lying in a pool of blood at the Pirkhali camp around 6 am with a bullet in his head. The body has been sent for post-mortem.

Last week, a constable killed himself with his service revolver at Hasanabad after he was denied leave to attend a family function. His wife has brought murder charges against the officer-in-charge of the police station before the state human rights commission.

Policemen at the camp woke this morning to the sound of a shot and found Bhowmik writhing in pain. They rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

As news spread, senior police officials, including additional superintendent of police S. Ponda and Canning sub-divisional police officer Sudhangshu Sinha Sarkar, arrived. They were seen questioning several of Bhowmik’s colleagues throughout the day, but refused comment till the investigation is “complete”.

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