Himachal IGP shoots self, family

Jagjeet Kumar, 57, who was posted as Inspector General of Police (Railway and Traffic) here, shot himself with his service revolver in his right temple at his residence here and died on the spot, said Shimla Superintendent of Police R M Sharma.

The police came to know about the incident around 3:30 am and rushed to the IGP’s home near Mehli More in the Kasumpti area to find the officer lying in a pool of blood, the SP said.
An 1985-batch IPS officer, Kumar is survived by a son and a daughter. Kumar’s son Suraj while talking to some mediapersons alleged that his father took the extreme step due to “harassment” he faced from some senior police officers.

Terming the allegation as “false,” Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Pardeep Kumar, claimed that the officer, a resident of Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, was facing “serious domestic problems” because of his son, who had earlier been arrested in a car theft case in Delhi.

Kumar’s allegation was supported by S R Mardi, Additional Director-General of Police, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau.

Presently, Suraj has been embroiled in a divorce case with his wife, daughter of a Shimla-based businessman, he said. Kumar alleged that Suraj’s in-laws had complained to the police against him for sending “objectionable” SMSes to his wife, who was living separately.

“This morning also when I and some other senior police officers visited the house of the deceased, his son was under influence of liquor and misbehaved with us,” Kumar alleged.

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