Army officer suffering from depression shoots self

Suffering from depression for the past few months,Lieutenant Colonel Ramendra Kumar Bajpai (41) allegedly committed suicide in his 486 Defence Colony,Jajmau residence on Friday morning.

Written by Express News Service | Kanpur | Published:March 14, 2009 2:43 am

Suffering from depression for the past few months,Lieutenant Colonel Ramendra Kumar Bajpai (41) allegedly committed suicide in his 486 Defence Colony,Jajmau residence on Friday morning. Bajpai,who was posted in Guwahati,was on a month’s sick leave and had arrived in Kanpur on March 10.

The Circle Officer of Cantt,Dharmendra Singh,said,“Prima facie,the suicide appears to be the outcome of strained relations between Bajpai and his wife Aparna.” Initial investigations showed that the Lt. Col was under mental stress. “But we are looking at other aspects too,” he added.

Aparna had been staying with her parents since December 2007. On Friday morning,after two telephonic conversations with her,Bajpai went to his room and shot himself with the licensed .315 bore rifle of his father. According to his father,Retired Squadron Leader Shiv Das Bajpai,only his mother Kusum Lata was in the house at the time.

Bajpai married Aparna (36) in 1999 and the couple had two children — 8-year-old Ambuj and Aadambya (2).

Squadron Leader Bajpai said: “Due to personal differences with my son,Aparna had shifted to her Juhi Safeed Colony residence in Kanpur along with her children.” He said during his previous visits to Kanpur,Ramendra had made all efforts to persuade her to shift to Guwahati but had failed to convince her. “He was suffering from depression as he had not seen his children for the past 15 months.”

The family of Aparna,meanwhile,had a different story to tell. Though Aparna refused to talk to the media,her cousin,lawyer Satish Bajpai,said: “First and foremost,Aparna was interested in staying with her husband,but her father-in-law was against it.” Three years ago,Ramendra was posted in Agra and Aparna stayed with him,he said. Bajpai wanted to return to Guwahati on April 3 and Aparna wanted to go with him. “On Friday morning,she gave her consent,so it is surprising that her in-laws has come up with a new story,” added Satish.

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