According to the police, the former director of CBI and Nagaland Governor Ashwani Kumar found hanging in his home in Shimla on Wednesday Evening.
Himachal Pradesh DGP Sanjay Kundu said that Ashwani’s body was found by his son and daughter in law around 7:10 pm. He further added that a suicide note has been found and the family does not suspect any foul play.
A suicide note found at the spot
DGP Kundu told reporters, “We found a rational suicide note from the incident spot. In the suicide note, Kumar wrote that he is ending his life due to disease and disability.” However, what was the disease he was referring to in the note is the matter of investigation.
What happened on Wednesday evening?
Ashwani Kumar died at the age of 70 years. The family members informed that Kumar usually did meditation in the attic in the evening. On Wednesday Evening, Kumar’s son and daughter-in-law found the door leading to the attic locked from inside. Then they broke two doors to enter the attic and found Kumar hanging from the ceiling.
They cut the rope, brought him down, and informed the police, who arrived at the incident scene. Then they rushed him to the hospital. Kumar was declared dead at the hospital.
According to Kumar’s wife, Kumar had visited the Mall Road and Kalibari Temple in the afternoon.
The DGP informed what was written in the suicide note. The suicide note read, “I am ending my life. Everyone be Happy. My soul is embarking on a new journey.”
Postmortem of the body
Police shifted the body to Indira Gandhi Medical College for postmortem examination and initiated inquiry proceedings under Section 174 CrPC (suicide). The post mortem will be carried out on Thursday morning.
Ashwani Kumar’s early life
Kumar was born in Nahan in Sirmaur district and joined the IPS in 1973. In the year 1985, he was appointed as the superintendent of the police of Shimla District, and there he created the Special Protection Group (SPG). He worked till the year 1990 in Shimla.
Kumar was appointed as DGP of Himachal Pradesh in August 2006. In July 2008, he became the first police officer from the state to be appointed as the director of CBI. He was also head of the agency when it investigated the Aarushi-Hemraj murders.
Kumar retired in 2010 and served as the Governor of Nagaland between March 2013 and July 2014.