Woman constable found dead

Woman constable found dead

No suicide note recovered, cause unknown

A 27-year-old Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) woman constable was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside the paramilitary force’s camp in Dwarka area of south west Delhi during the wee hours of Sunday morning, police said.

The deceased has been identified as Siuli Patra, who hailed from West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district. She was presently posted with the 88 Mahila Battalion of CRPF and was staying at their barracks in Dwarka Sector 8.

“We received a call at police control room at around 5.30 am reporting that Siuli was found lying in a pool of blood by one of her colleagues.

“She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared her as brought dead. She had suffered multiple gunshot wounds,” a police official said.
As no suicide note was recovered from the spot, police are investigating the matter under section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CRPC) to ascertain whether it was an accidental death or suicide.

“A crime team has inspected the spot and forensic experts collected samples.
“Post-mortem has also been conducted, but the exact cause behind her death can only be ascertained after we receive the report,” the official said.
Initial probe has also revealed that she was carrying her SLR (Self Loading Rifle) and was assigned to be on duty from 2 am to 4 am on the watch tower inside the camp.

“We have questioned many of her colleagues to ascertain the sequence of events,” the official added.

Siuli, along with some other women constables, was earlier moved from CRPF's 135 Battalion --based in Vikashpuri-- to 88 Mahila Battalion on April 7.
Police have informed her family members in West Bengal about the incident.


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