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ASI, in charge of Punjab DGP escort, ‘shoots’ himself in head

Bhupinder Singh was found dead at a government house in Sector 20.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
February 23, 2015 3:35:52 am

An assistant Sub-Inspector of the Punjab Police, who was in charge of DGP Sumedh Singh Saini’s escort, allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with his official pistol some time on Saturday night.

Bhupinder Singh was found dead at a government house in Sector 20 on Sunday morning by head constable Balraj Singh, who reported the matter to the Sector 19 police station.

The house was reportedly shared by two other policemen who were not there on Saturday night. Neighbours in the adjacent house were also away. Bhupinder (40), a national-level rowing player who belonged to Tarn Taran, was found lying on his bed, with a single bullet wound in his right temple, and his 0.9 mm pistol in hand.

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A prolonged matrimonial dispute is suspected to be the reason for the suicide. Bhupinder had got married nine years ago and got divorced last year. Five months back, he had got married again, his colleague ASI Jasbir Singh said.

The police recovered one used cartridge from the spot, but no suicide note was found, said Inspector Maninder Singh, SHO of the Sector 19 police station.

Jasbir said, “Bhupinder was with us all day yesterday. He was a reserved person who never talked much. We did not notice anything unusual in his behaviour.’’

Jasbir said other police officials posted in the DGP’s escort used to spend time in the Sector 20 flat where Bhupinder was found dead.

The SHO said, “The flat was allotted to Pritam Singh, a policeman, and three persons, including Bhupinder, stayed there.’’ All of them had their families back in Punjab.

Bhupinder returned from work around 6.30 pm on Saturday and was in contact with his family members and friends till 8.30 pm, said the SHO.

The police took Bhupinder’s phone in custody. “We will get the call details and try to ascertain the provocation for such a step,” said the SHO.

Balraj and some other colleagues of Bhupinder had planned to assemble at the house on Sunday morning. Balraj reached first, found Bhupinder dead and informed the others. They then went to the police station.

The door of the flat was open. When asked, Jasbir said, “Bhupinder never closed the door, we used to come as and when we wanted.” An SP of Punjab Police visited the house.

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