Friday, May 18, 2007

CRPF officer shoots himself dead

Friday May 18 2007 13:19 IST
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SRIKAKULAM: In a shocking incident, assistant commandant of Central Reserve Police Force Luv Kumar Devaraj (23) shot himself dead with his service revolver at his camp office on Thursday.

He fired a bullet in his forehead shortly after having lunch. Earlier, he met the Superintendent of Police Manish K Sinha who came to Palasa to participate in ‘Melukolupu’, a programme aimed at bringing the Maoists into mainstream.

In a letter found near his body, Devaraj has written that he was dejected with his failure to qualify in the Civil Services examinations held recently and also attributed his extreme step to some family problems.

Devaraj was a native of Guntur district. His father Kollayappa is a retired government employee and mother Bharati Devi is working as tahsildar of Marripudi village in Prakasam district.

SP Sinha told this website's newspaper that Devaraj expressed his frustration due to failure in securing minimum marks in UPSC examinations. Devaraj was visibly upset with it and SP consoled him.

But, the incident came as a bolt from the blue. Meanwhile, Devaraj’s body was sent for post-mortem to the area hospital at Palasa. It will be shifted to his native place on Friday.

CRPF Deputy Inspector General A Srinivasa Rao and Visakha Range DIG of police Jitender paid last respects to the departed official.

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