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CBI examines Ashok Gehlot’s OSD in Station House Officer ‘suicide’ case

Central Bureau of Investigation HQ, in New Delhi. File  

The CBI on Tuesday questioned Deva Ram Saini, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, and Congress MLA Krishna Poonia in connection with the alleged suicide of a police officer in Rajasthan's Churu on May 23, said a source in the agency.

Ms. Poonia's statement was recorded on Monday. “The probe team is examining the persons concerned as per procedure,” said a CBI official.

The body of Inspector Vishnudutt Vishnoi, who was posted as the Station House Officer (SHO) of the Rajgarh police station, was found hanging from the ceiling at his official accommodation. Two notes were found.

While one letter was addressed to his parents, the other was for the area Superintendent of Police, indicating that he was being harassed. Following a complaint, the police registered a case of abetment of suicide against unknown persons.

The death led to protests by the Akhil Bhartiya Vishnoi Mahasabha. Several Opposition leaders in the State also demanded a CBI probe. The Opposition leaders targeted Ms. Poonia, MLA from the Sadulpur constituency, alleging her role. She has refuted the allegations.

The CBI took over the case in the June last week on a reference from the State government.

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