The alleged suicide of a senior police officer in Kolkata

Sources claim that dues mentioned in the purported 'suicide note' were not true

The alleged suicide of a senior police officer in Kolkata has become fodder for attack by the BJP on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The party’s Mukul Roy has demanded Ms Banerjee’s arrest for abetment to suicide and has demanded a CBI probe into the case.

“This is for the first time in the history of West Bengal that a senior IPS officer committed suicide and blamed the government or a party leader,” Mr Roy said.

In the alleged suicide note that is viral on social media, the officer, Gaurav Dutt, accused Mamata Banerjee of abetting his suicide by keeping him on “compulsory waiting” – a punitive step when an officer is not given a posting – and for withholding his dues after he retired on December 31, 2018.

How the ‘suicide note’ went viral is not clear. Mr Dutt was a 1986 batch IPS officer.

On Tuesday, his wife returned home to find him in a pool of blood at his Salt Lake home. His wrists were slit. He was immediately taken to the hospital but did not survive.

The state government is tight-lipped about the incident. Sources claim that none of the dues mentioned in the alleged suicide note were pending and Mr Dutt was on compulsory waiting because of disciplinary proceedings initiated him.


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