Anti-Naxal Force constable kills himself

An Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) constable allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself at the Jaddinagadde ANF camp at Amasebailu here late on Monday night.

According to police, Albert D’Souza, 38, son of Adam D’Souza of Puttur, shot himself below the chin with his self-loading rifle.

The reason for the suicide is yet to be known. The constable’s body was sent to the Wenlock Government Hospital in Mangalore for postmortem and was later handed over to the family.

Albert had joined the Karnataka State Reserve Police in 2000 and worked in the 7th battalion, Mangalore. He was posted as a constable at the Jaddinagadde ANF camp three years ago. Last week, he had attended a map-reading training session and had reported for duty on January 12.

 He had also taken part in the combing operation on January 13. Before the tragic end, Albert had dinner with his friends in the camp and was about to report for night duty.

Sources in the Amasebailu police station told Deccan Herald that the deceased had problems at home, as both his parents were seriously ill. He was scheduled to get engaged to a nurse from Madikeri on January 26. He had reportedly spoken to his family members before taking the extreme step.

A case has been registered at the Amasebailu police station.

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