Vadodara: Cop kills himself in police chowky

VADODARA: Vadodara police department woke up to a rude jolt on Sunday morning when a 41-year-old police sub-inspector (PSI) shot himself dead inside Alkapuri police in the early hours of the day.

Sanjaysinh Jadeja, 41, who was posted in the key detection of crime branch (DCB), left a one-line suicide note in a diary stating that he won’t be able to continue with the PSI job. He also apologized in the note.

Jadeja, who was recently inducted in the special squad to tackle rising chain-snatching crimes, had talked with his team on Saturday night and then went to Alkapuri police chowky where he was earlier posted. The chowky is usually locked in the night but Jadeja knew where the key was kept. He opened the chowky and then shot himself,’ the police said.

When the sweeper entered the chowky early on Sunday morning, he spotted Jadeja lying in a pool of blood and immediately informed the seniors.

Senior police officials including city police commissioner Anupam Singh Gahlaut rushed to the chowky on learning about the suicide. Jadeja was a police constable in Rajkot and had got promoted as PSI some months ago. He was transferred to Vadodara about eight months ago and then sent to Karai Police Academy for training. After returning, he served at Alkapuri chowky under the Sayajigunj police station for three months.

“We are shocked,” Gahlaut told TOI.

“He was one of the best PSIs in the city and a very intelligent cop. That’s why he was made the leader of the chain-snatching squad. He was quite happy after being brought in the squad and had been working hard to crack the chain snatching cases,” said Gahlaut.

Jadeja’s wife had shifted from Rajkot to the city to stay with him just about a month ago. Policemen, who have worked with Jadeja, remember him as a happy-go-lucky fellow. “He may have been under some pressure that led him to take such extreme step,” a police inspector claimed.

Police gave a guard of honour to Jadeja at SSG Hospital on Sunday evening.

Attempts are being made to get clues from his mobile phone even as it is password-protected. “We have sent the mobile phone to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL),” Gahlaut added.

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