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Depression claimed lives of 20 Delhi policemen in two yrs

Depression claimed lives of 20 Delhi policemen in two yrs

New Delhi: Assistant Commissioner of Police Prem Ballabh, who jumped to his death from the tenth floor of the Delhi Police Headquarters on Thursday, was not the only Delhi cop to have fallen prey to depression.

Depression, work stress and family issues are among the most common causes behind police officers taking the extreme step.

In the last two years, as many as 20 police personnel posted in various departments of Delhi Police have committed suicide due to any of certain reasons.

Over this time, officers of different ranks have ended their lives either by shooting themselves with service revolver, hanging or jumping from a building.

Till November this year, nine suicides have been reported in the Capital, including that of ACP Prem Ballabh. Of these, six were head constables, one was an assistant sub-inspector and one was a constable.

On November 16, head constable Sohanveer (35) had shot himself dead in the parking area of Delhi Secretariat. In a suicide note, he stated family discord to be the reason behind taking such a drastic step.

In March, in two separate incidents, assistant sub-inspectors – identified as PP Anirudh and Hanuman Sahay – shot themselves dead with their service revolvers in a span of 24 hours.

No suicide note was found in the case of PP Anirudh's death, while Sahay had reportedly killed himself due to work strain as he was posted in the PCR. Sahay was reportedly depressed for four years.

Meanwhile, in 2017, 11 personnel of Delhi Police killed themselves. The victims included four constables, four head constables, two sub-inspectors and one assistant sub-inspector.

In another noted incident three years ago, ACP Amit Kumar Singh – who worked in the Special Cell – allegedly shot himself dead with his service pistol at his flat in Noida Sector 100. Upset with the incident, his wife also attempted suicide by jumping off the same flat and succumbed to her injuries a day after the incident.

Zafar Abbas

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