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IPS officer commits suicide in Bilaspur

Raipur, March 12: A 37-year-old IPS officer committed suicide by shooting himself on the head with his service revolver in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh this afternoon.

Rahul Sharma, a 2002-IPS batch officer and a former political science student of Presidency College, Calcutta, who had graduated in 1997, was posted in Bilaspur as the district superintendent of police.

Sharma shot himself around 1pm in the bathroom of the officers’ mess.

Sources said the IPS officer had rejoined duty only two days ago after he was on long medical leave.

Sharma, who was recently transferred from Raigarh and staying at the quarters allotted to his wife — a senior South East Central Railway official in Bilaspur — was yet to shift to the SP’s bungalow.

A senior police officer said the reason for his suicide was yet to be ascertained.

Sources said that Sharma left the railway quarters yesterday and spent the night at the officer’s mess. He went to his office this morning and returned to the mess at noon.

He asked his colleagues to leave him alone for two hours. After the employees at the mess served him lunch, the officer was in his room.

Hearing the sound of gunshots, the employees rushed and broke open the door to his room to find Sharma lying in a pool of blood. He was immediately taken to a hospital but doctors pronounced him brought dead.

“The incident was very unfortunate. Officials have been asked to probe the matter,” chief minister Raman Singh said. Senior police officers refused comment, adding that they were investigating.

Sharma, who had served in the Maoist heartland for long, was a university topper.

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