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Distressed cop kills himself in Supreme Court premises

Embroiled in a bitter dispute over ancestral property, a Delhi Police Head Constable committed suicide by shooting himself while on duty inside the Supreme Court premises in the Capital on Monday.

Chand Pal, 45, had been posted at the G Gate of the Apex Court since April 2014. The incident was reported around 8am, police said. “His shift was from 7am to 1pm. He reported for work on time. Some time later, he went to a vacant sentry room and shot himself in the chest with his service revolver. A two-page suicide note written in Hindi was found from his jacket’s pocket,” a senior police officer said.

In the note he blamed his family members and the property dispute for his extreme step. A distressed Pal wrote that he was unhappy with his wife Babli as there was tension at home. He alleged that he was also upset with his father and brother, who did not give him an equal share in the property.

“I want both of my kids to take care of themselves. My brother Manoj took away things from me and my family did not do right by me,” read the note. He also wrote about a plot that he had purchased but was acquired by someone else.

Pal hailed from the Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh and was living in a government colony in south Delhi. Neighbours were shocked to hear the news. “It is very shocking. He had an affable personality and seemed satisfied with life. He should have thought of his family members before taking this step,” said a neighbour living in the same complex.

According to an associate, Pal was calm, social, and always ready to help others. The family also seemed satisfied. “They had shifted to the colony just two days before Diwali. In a very short span of time, they had bonded well with us. We didn’t imagine that he was under so much pressure. His children are studying at the Delhi Police Public School,” he added.

Meanwhile, the post-mortem was conducted and the body was handed over to the family for the final rites, which will be held at his native place. Inquest proceedings into the matter are underway.