'Harassment' at workplace drives ASI to suicide

NEW DELHI: A Delhi Police assistant sub-inspector posted at Jaitpur police station committed suicide by shooting himself with his own service revolver on Tuesday night.
In a suicide note, the ASI alleged that he had been harassed by his seniors at the station. The matter is now being inquired by the additional DCP.
On Tuesday, ASI Devender reached his police station and had his service revolver issued around 6 pm. He was to resume duty at 8 pm.
However, he went towards Kalindi Kunj near Yamuna bank and reportedly shot himself dead with the revolver. Around 7.30 pm, a passerby saw Devender lying in a pool of blood and called police.
The victim was not wearing uniform when he committed suicide and his bike was found a few metres away from his body.
Soon, a team of police officers rushed to the spot and took the victim to the hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.
The body was later sent for post-mortem and his family members were informed. He had reportedly set his mind to kill himself and had left a suicide note at home, before heading to Jaitpur police station in south east Delhi.
"Devender was deployed for emergency duty and had his service revolver issued around 6 pm. He later committed suicide with the same weapon" said Romil Baaniya, DCP, South East Delhi.
In his note, Devender alleged that his station house officer (SHO) and an ASI had harassed him and accused them of having pushed him to take the extreme step.
Delhi Police will now begin an inquiry into the allegations.
Meanwhile, Baaniya said that Devender's family visited senior police officers at the police headquarters on Wednesday.
"They have submitted a representation, along with the copy of a note left behind by the ASI. The same has been marked to the Additional DCP rank officer for enquiry. They also requested for recruitment of ASI Devender's son on compassionate ground. This request is being looked into and family members have been asked to apply formally for the same," the officer said.
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