A CISF constable allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself near the Haryana Civil Secretariat while a Punjab Police head constable accidentally shot himself dead at Block Majri police post near Kurali on Sunday.
In both cases, the weapons were carbines. In both cases, a single bullet pierced through the chin and exited from the head.
The CISF constable was identified as J S Mishra, a resident of Nayagaon, while the head constable was Nirmal Singh, a resident of Sanana village in Rupnagar.
Mishra reportedly shot himself around 6.15 am near the rear gate of the building. He had finished his night duty and was supposedly on his way to deposit his service rifle when people heard the sound of a shot and saw Mishra lying in a pool of blood.
The police took him to PGI where he was declared brought dead. Initially, the police suspected that Mishra had tripped, accidentally letting off his weapon. However, his family told the police that he had been suffering from depression.
“Recently, Mishra had applied for a bank loan to pay off a debt and also to pay the education fees of his children, but the bank did not sanction the loan,” said Sub-Inspector Balbir Singh of the Sector 3 police station.
Mishra, who had been serving with the CISF for 19 years, is survived by his wife and two children.
In the other incident, Nirmal Singh was killed while cleaning his carbine. SP (Headquarters) Harpal Singh Sandhu said he accidentally pressed the trigger.
In both cases, inquest proceedings have begun.