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Suspended Bastar cop kills self

Nagpur, Feb. 25: A deputy superintendent of police in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district, suspended after a verbal spat with a judge, shot himself dead with his service revolver last night after allegedly killing his wife and injuring their two children.

Devnarayan Patel, 40, was suspended yesterday afternoon, apparently under pressure after the spat with a local court judge in full public view the previous night, the Jagdalpur police said today.

The judge was driving allegedly in an inebriated condition and Patel, who stopped his vehicle, had a heated brawl with him, reports reaching here said.

Yesterday, the state home department suspended the officer and instituted an inquiry into the incident.

Patel committed suicide after shooting his wife Pratima, 35, and his two children, daughter Poonam, and son Aryan, around midnight at their official residence, the police said today. He fired all eight rounds from his service revolver, from close range.

Agencies quoted the IG of Bastar Range, Arun Dev Gautam, as saying that while his wife died on the spot, the two injured children had been shifted to Ramkrishna Care Hospital in Raipur where their condition is said to be stable. No suicide note was recovered from the spot.

Sources in Jagdalpur police said Patel may have taken the extreme step because he was very upset over his suspension.