Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: A head constable, Selvaraj (50), who was on duty in the camp office of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tirunelveli Range, allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with the rifle on Wednesday morning.

The police said Selvaraj, who was transferred from the Koodankulam police station recently to the Armed Reserve Police camp here after the higher-ups here received various corruption charges against him, was deputed to the DIG's bungalow along with Mani Selvam, Gnana Vel and Subbiah.

When Mani Selvam and others heard the gun shot around 6 a.m., they rushed to the spot only to see Selvaraj had shot himself with his 303 Rifle. He died on the spot.

The DIG, Kanhu Charan Mahali, the Commissioner of Police, Braj Kishore Ravi, the Superintendent of Police, Anand Kumar Somani, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), N. Bhaskaran, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Palayamkottai, Sambasivan, and others inspected the spot and held investigations.

In the suicide note he had reportedly left, Selvaraj had allegedly made references about his borrowings, which actually forced him to take the extreme step.

However, the police said the corruption charges pending against Selvaraj, a father of two children from Saral in Kanyakumari district, also might have played a role in this incident.