Five policemen, including an ACP-rank officer posted with Delhi Police’s northwest district, have been booked in a abetment to suicide case filed by Haryana Railway Police. The move comes after a 50-year-old man, who was called in by Delhi Police for questioning in connection with a murder case, allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at Sonipat railway station.
On September 28, an FIR was registered against the policemen at Sonipat railway police station, and police are probing their role. Superintendent of Police (Haryana Railway Police) Kamal Deep Goyal told The Indian Express that an FIR under IPC sections 306 (abetment to suicide and 34 (common intent) was registered against the Delhi Police personnel after they received a complaint from the family of the victim, identified as Sunil Singh.
“We are probing the matter and will take all appropriate actions,” he said. On September 13, Sumer Singh (53), an assistant security officer, posted with the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), was shot dead by unidentified assailants in northwest Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi.
A case was registered at Mahendra Park police station. “After recording the statements of locals, and scanning CCTV footage, police came to know that Sunil Singh, another security officer, was present when Sumer Singh was shot dead. They later summoned him and asked him to join the investigation,” police sources said.
DCP (northwest) Milind Dumbere said, “We questioned him thrice after serving three notices to him. Whenever he was called in for questioning, his son also came along with him and he was aware of it.” Sources said after appearing before the Delhi Police thrice, the victim returned to his village in Sonipat. On September 23, police summoned him again and asked him to join the investigation in Delhi.
“On September 24, he left home after informing his family members that he was going to Delhi, and even purchased his ticket from the station. But instead of boarding his train, he jumped in front of it. Personnel from Sonipat railway police station rushed to the spot. They recovered a one-page suicide note, wherein he alleged that he was fed up appearing before Delhi Police for questioning. He also mentioned several other issues in the suicide note,” said Tarachand, SHO, Sonipat railway police station.
On September 26, Sunil’s son Manjeet Singh lodged a complaint with police, alleging that five police personnel were responsible for his father’s suicide and that they had been harassing his father citing the investigation. “After conducting an enquiry, we lodged an FIR of abetment to suicide. We are likely to approach Delhi Police in the coming days,” the SHO added.
Dumbere said, “After we came to know about this matter, we conducted an internal enquiry. However, we have not found anything wrong on our part. We have maintained all documents and have followed all rules.” On September 26, two persons, including a juvenile were apprehended for allegedly killing Sumer Singh. They told police that they decided to kill him since he had slapped the juvenile and stopped him from entering the Azadpur Mandi from the wrong side.