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ACP suffering from depression jumps off 10th floor of Police Hq

New Delhi: Suffering from depression, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in Delhi Police committed suicide by jumping from the 10th floor of the Police Headquarters on Thursday morning.

Prem Bhallabh, 55, was being treated for depression at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital for the past few days. Ballabh was posted in CNT (Crime and Traffic) Secretarial Branch of PHQ. At around 10 am staff members at PHQ heard a loud thud and saw a policeman lying on the porch near the entrance. Ballabh left a handwritten suicide note in which he stated that no one should be held responsible for his death.

"It took us some time to verify his identity as the fall badly disfigured his face. He was immediately rushed to LNJP hospital but was declared brought dead," said a senior Police officer. Sources said he had rejoined work just five days ago after a medical leave.

"Preliminary enquiry has revealed that the ACP was under depression. He was also undergoing treatment for some illness and had spent some time in GTB Hospital," said Rajesh Khurana, joint commissioner of police (Central range). He had joined Delhi Police as a head constable in 1986 and was promoted to the rank of ACP in 2016. He had served as personal assistant to senior officers of Delhi Police, an official said.

Basically from Almora in Uttarakhand, Ballabh lived with his wife and three sons at North East Delhi's Maujpur. His three sons Rahul, Kapil and Rohit are in private jobs.

Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik also visited LNJP hospital and met the ACP's family and assured them all possible help.

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