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Chhattisgarh cop suicide: Magisterial probe ordered

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 01:00

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Government has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the case of a senior police officer allegedly committing suicide after he shot at his wife and two children in Bastar district.

Tabling his statement about the issue in the Assembly here today, Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra said a magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident which took place at Jagdalpur district headquarters during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

Jagdalpur City Superintendent of Police Devnarayan Patel had committed suicide after shooting his wife and children. While Patel`s wife was killed in the incident, his children are being treated in a Raipur hospital.

After getting a call on his mobile phone from Patel, Station House Officer Vikas Thakur of the Kotwali police station, rushed to the officer`s official residence at Saket colony, the state home minister said.

He found Patel and his wife Pratima lying in a pool of blood inside their bedroom, besides a pistol in Patel`s hand, with empty bullet shells on the floor.

His son Aryan (6) was found severely injured on the bed, beside his mother, while his daughter Poonam (10) was also found lying in a pool of blood, he said.

Later, a doctor declared Patel and his wife dead, while their children were admitted to a Raipur hospital, he said.

Doctors at the Ramkrishna Care Hospital said that the condition of both the children was serious. Poonam has undergone surgery and blood has been continuously oozing from her bullet wounds and her spine has been damaged.

Her brother Aryan has sustained injuries on his stomach and thigh, a doctor said.

A team of doctors are trying to stabilise the kids, though it would be too soon to comment on anything, the doctor said.
The state home minister also told the House that a
memorandum had been submitted by the Jilla Adhiwakta Sangh of Jagdalpur against the alleged manhandling of Jagdalpur`s Additional District Judge A Toppo by Patel on February 23.

Thereafter, Inspector General of Police (AJAK) Ravindra Bhediya was appointed investigating officer for the incident and Patel was issued a suspension order on February 24, he said.

Raising the issue in the House earlier, Leader of the Opposition T S Singhdeo said that the incident seemed like a repetition of the Bilaspur incident, where a senior judicial officer reportedly ill-treated an Indian Police Service officer, which allegedly forced him to commit suicide.

Singhdeo also demanded that a case be registered under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code for abetment of suicide.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer said that Patel`s official residence which was sealed after the incident was opened in front of Sub-Divisional Magistrate Chandan Kumar who is heading the magisterial probe.

During investigation, a suicide note was recovered from the spot, in which Patel cited his suspension as a reason for committing suicide, the official said.

Apparently, Patel was frustrated due to his suspension following his tussle with Jagdalpur`s Additional District Judge A Toppo, the official said.

First Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 01:00

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