The body of an officer of Public Health Engineering (PHE) was found with a suicide note from a paddy field near here on Sunday.

“Locals spotted the body of Dipak Kumar Shi, an officer of PHE, in a paddy field at Shimulia village near Purulia town with an apparent suicide note. He was missing since October 13 from his hometown Midnapore in nearby district,” Superintendent of Police Purulia Sunil Kumar Chowdhury said.

Mr. Shi was an engineer with the State Government-owned PHE department. He is a resident of Pingla in neighbouring West Midnapore district, the police said.

The body was identified from the Identity card in his pocket, sources said.

The suicide note said that he had been suffering from a stomach ailment and so committed suicide.

Meanwhile, Mr. Shi's brother-in-law Soumitra Kumar Dey complained that he was murdered by some suspected contractors.