IN WHAT is being seen as a suspected case of suicide, an officer was found dead in the IPS Officers’ Mess in Egmore area of the city on Thursday morning.
N Harish, 32, was a 2009-batch IPS officer and was posted as an assistant commissioner at the State Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption here.
He came from Karnataka, where his father was a state government official.
According to a senior police officer, the staff at the officers’ mess, where Harish was staying since his transfer to Chennai, got suspicious after he failed to emerge from his room even at 10 am Thursday.
“The staff initially tried to reach him (on phone), and finally we had to break open the door,” the officer said. “We found his body on the bed. From evidence collected from the room, we suspect that he consumed liquor along with poison.”
The police are awaiting the postmortem report.
His colleagues suspect depression or a pending inquiry, which reportedly caused a delay in his promotion, could be the reason for the alleged suicide.
Harish was the youngest officer in his IPS batch. According to sources, all his colleagues from that batch of officers, save Harish, had been promoted as Superintend of Police (SP). Harish had been allegedly denied a promotion for various reasons, including a pending inquiry. “He was also suffering from depression,” a senior officer said.
Pankaj Choudhary, a senior IPS officer currently posted in Rajasthan and a batchmate of Harish, told The Indian Express that Harish needed support from friends and colleagues even during training at the National Police Academy.
“We are equally responsible for this (Harish’s death),” he said.
“He remained isolated even during the training period, and no one, including myself, tried to help him. Many batchmates would, instead, laugh at him.”