A committee has been constituted to study and evaluate the reasons behind the increasing incidents of suicides among the personnel of Assam Police. The committee has been formed as per the directions of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
The development comes after an Assam police constable posted at the official residence of Sonowal allegedly committed suicide in Guwahati on February 16th, 2020.
49-year-old Babul Chandra Das was found hanging in the bathroom. He was undergoing a heart disease treatment. Police suspect that he took the step due to depression. Das was deployed at the 10th Assam Police Battalion, Kahilipara and was posted at an outside post of the Assam Chief Minister’s official residence.
Deepak Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (TAP) is the chairperson of the committee. Gaurav Upadhyay, Assistant Inspector General of Police (Logistics) is the member convenor. On the other hand, Nanda Singh, Assistant Inspector General of Police (Armed Police) and Dipjyoti Sharma, medical and health officer, 10 Assam Police Battalion are the members.
Assam Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta directed the committee to submit a report within 10 days. The committee will also study Das’ suicide and submit a report.
The committee will collect suicide data of the last five years and study the trends of suicides being committed by Assam Police personnel. The committee will study the existing counselling mechanism and medical treatment, including expenditure. Thereafter, the committee will submit its recommendations to check the incidents of suicides among the personnel.