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‘I am afraid, I may have Corona’: CRPF officer ‘shoots self dead’ in Anantnag

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Srinagar: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) sub-inspector Tuesday committed suicide after shooting himself with his service rifle at Mattan area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, a local news agency reported.

Identified as Fatah Singh son of Eidan Singh, a resident of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, he had left behind a suicide note that read: “I am afraid, I may have Corona.”


Officials said that Singh was posted with the 49th battalion of CRPF at Akura, in Mattan, Anantnag district.

They said that soon after Singh fired at himself, his colleagues rushed to the spot and found him in a pool of blood. “They rushed him to the nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead,” the officials said.

A police official said they found a suicide note near the body of Singh that read: “No one should touch my body, I am afraid, I have corona.” A case has been registered and further investigation was taken up in this regard. 

Station House Officer (SHO) Akura, Mattan police station Jazib Ahmed said that they have followed the Covid-19 protocol while dealing with the body of CRPF sub inspector. “His samples have been taken and post mortem conducted. Only results would confirm whether he was a Covid positive,” he said.

CRPF spokesman in Srinagar Pankaj Singh also confirmed the incident stating that the sub-inspector had returned to his unit after performing day long duty with the Naka party. “As such, there is no evidence that he had caught Covid virus. Let’s wait for the final report. Details will be shared with the media,” Singh said. (KNO)