Uttar Pradesh: Cop deployed at Ram temple hit by bullet from own weapon, dies

19 June,2024 03:59 PM IST |  Ayodhya  |  mid-day online correspondent

An official said that the incident occurred at 5.25 am on Wednesday. It is being probed whether it is a case of accidental firing or suicide

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An Uttar Pradesh Police official who had been deployed at the Ram temple in Ayodhya reportedly died after allegedly being hit by a bullet from his own weapon, with police saying they are probing if it is a case of accidental firing or suicide, reported the PTI.

According to the PTI, the deceased cop was identified as 25-year-old Shatrughan Vishwakarma. He was deployed as part of the Special Security Force (SSF) set to provide security at the temple premises.

Inspector General Pravin Kumar told PTI the incident occurred at 5.25 am on Wednesday. It is being probed whether it is a case of accidental firing or suicide, he said.

The jawan was deployed near the VIP gate in front of the Koteshwar temple. The sanctum sanctorum of the Ram temple is just just 150 meters away from the spot.
Police said more clarity will emerge after investigation and postmortem report.

Last year on August 25, a PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) constable deployed at the security of Ram Janmabhoomi died of bullet injuries.

Kuldeep Tripathi (24) of 2019 batch was with 25th battalion of PAC. It was said then that he received a bullet shot from his own service weapon.

Case against Navi Mumbai cop for abetting his wife's suicide

Meanwhile, in an another incident in Maharashtra, a case has been registered against a 37-year-old Navi Mumbai cop for allegedly abetting the suicide of his wife in Navi Mumbai township of Maharashtra, officials said on Sunday, reported news agency PTI.

The 31-year-old victim got married to the accused, a resident of Kharghar area in Navi Mumbai and a sub-inspector with the CISF, on November 30, 2014 and the couple has two sons aged 7 and 3, they said, reported PTI.

The Navi Mumbai cop used to allegedly beat up his wife and ask for money from her parents. She once invested money in shares on her husband's advice and incurred losses for which he blamed her, Kharghar police station's senior inspector Rajeev Shejwal said, reported PTI.

The accused Navi Mumbai cop also wanted a land in her name and her bank accounts to be transferred to him and his family members and also threatened to divorce her, the police said quoting a complaint filed by the victim's brother, reported PTI.

On May 3, 2024, the woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her house, the official said, reported PTI.

Initially, the police lodged a case of accidental death.

After a probe into the incident following the complaint, an FIR was registered on Friday against the accused under Indian Penal Code sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation), the official said.

(with PTI inputs)

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