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Ishrat encounter cop’s son found dead at home

Hardik,G L Singhal’s 16-year-old son,reportedly hanged himself when mother was away

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: July 3, 2012 4:49:48 am

Hardik,G L Singhal’s 16-year-old son,reportedly hanged himself when mother was away

The sixteen-year-old son of IPS officer G L Singhal reportedly hanged himself to death at his residence in Satellite area of the city on Monday.

Singhal,who was posted out of Ahmedabad as superintendent of police of Kheda district after he became a key suspect in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case,rushed to Ahmedabad after hearing the news.

The deceased,Hardik Singhal (16),had just entered Class 12 this month.

Sources in the neighbourhood said the boy was found hanging in his room on the top floor of the house in the afternoon. The Satellite police station report,however,said Hardik hanged himself with a rope tied to the ceiling fan in the drawing room. The police said his mother was out for a medical check-up and only his sister,around 20 years old,was at home. His sister spotted him hanging from a fan and raised an alarm. The family has not specified any possible reasons behind the incident to the Satellite police.

According to police,the boy was first rushed to SAL hospital for treatment. However,within a few minutes,he was shifted to Civil Hospital at Sola for the post mortem. Singhal arrived in Ahmedabad when the boy’s post mortem was under way.

Sources said Hardik seemed under depression over the past several days. Senior police officers who were present outside Singhal’s house said Hardik was an introvert and a shy boy who would hardly socialise in the community and police functions too.

He was “above average” as a student and scored “decent” marks,sources said.

A senior police officer claimed the family was tensed about the ongoing CBI investigations in the Ishrat Jahan case,which could have affected the boy.

Singhal is a suspect in the Ishrat encounter case,along with 20 other police officers.

Singhal and his family had moved into Satyagrah Chavni in the Satellite area three to four months ago after vacating their bungalow in Manichandra Society at Thaltej,where residents had filed a complaint against Singhal for encroaching on the society’s common plot and carrying out illegal constructions in 2010.

On Monday,police kept shooing mediapersons away,pleading to keep the incident off public glare even as they cordoned off Singhal’s house.

The Satellite police said once the last rites are conducted,they would record the statements of Singhal and his family.

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