Lucknow: In the fourth incident of the kind, a head constable in Uttar Pradesh committed suicide on Saturday morning. The police said that he shot himself in the head, apparently unable to continue with 20-hours of overtime work shifts each day, as per a report by IANS. Posted at Dial 100 emergency response service, Raj Ratan Verma was not able to bear the stress of working overtime.
As per a close friend’s statement to the senior officers, the prolonged working hours on duty, as well as frequent overtimes of the demanding job, put Verma in a lot of stress. The head Constable, in his 50s, was found dead early on Saturday.
He was discovered lying in a pool of blood at his residential quarters near the Loco toll tax office after shooting himself in the head, as per a report by IANS. However, there was no suicide note recovered from the scene. He would often rue the long working hours on his shift as they prevented him from spending time with his family, Verma’s close friends told superiors.
Leaving little personal time, the average 20-hours a day work took a toll on the family life and mental health of Verma. The case is currently under investigation, a senior police officer was quoted as saying to IANS.
This incident comes days after two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans from the 56th battalion committed suicide in Jaisalmer owing to a domestic dispute. This followed an earlier incident when a jawan, hailing from Uttar Pradesh, committed suicide in Jammu and Kashmir.