Guard at Pilot's house shoots self

A 35-year-old Nagaland Armed Police constable deputed at the residence of Union Minister Sachin Pilot in New Delhi committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle, the police said on Sunday.

The entrance to Sachin Pilot’s house where the guard shot himself dead. DH Photo

The deceased, Inapu, was posted as a security guard at the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology’s residence located at 3, Safdarjang Road. At the time of the incident, Inapu was on duty at the main gate of the house.

“We had received a call at police control room at around 12.15 am on Sunday reporting that a security guard had pumped a bullet into his head by using his self-loading rifle,” a senior police official said.

He was rushed to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where the doctors declared him as brought dead. The police said that the incident occurred when Inapu was on a three-hour shift alone, while other guards were sleeping.

“Hearing the sound of a bullet, all the guards rushed outside and found him in a pool of blood. A bullet had pierced from his lower part of the neck and came out from his head,” the official added. The police have not found any suicide note and are currently investigating to ascertain whether Inapu took the extreme step due to work pressure or any personal problems.

“The deceased went on a month long leave to his home at Kohima in Nagaland and had returned six days ago. It could be possible that he was upset over some personal issue.
Or maybe, he was frustrated with his job, as he was working under compulsion,” the officer said. Inapu, who is survived by his wife and two kids, was one of the 10 guards posted at Pilot’s residence. He stayed at the barracks situated in the vicinity of the house.

The 35-year-old’s body has been sent to the Lady Hardinge Medical College for post-mortem. His family living in Nagaland has also been informed. A case of suicide has also been registered at the Tughlak Road Police Station.

Meanwhile, a constable of the Nagaland Armed Police (NAP) posted as a security guard at
a nearby residence said that Inapu never revealed his secrets to anyone and so no one knows what problems he must have faced.

“I was acquainted with Inapu, as we both belong to the Second Battalion of the NAP. He was earlier posted at the Central Government Office (CGO) complex and was transferred to Pilot’s residence a few days ago. He was a disciplined individual and was loyal to the force,” the constable said.

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