CHENNAI: A Special Sub-Inspector, attached to the Kancheepuram police, allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide in a lodge soon after completing his highway patrol duty on Sunday.
According to police, Elumalai (53), boarded a room in a lodge at Singaperumal Koil on Sunday afternoon after his duty was over.
As Elumalai did not come out of the room, the lodge staff peeped through the window and found him battling for life, frothing in his mouth.
Immediately he was rushed to a nearby hospital, he was declared dead on arrival by doctors.
Amidst rumours that he had taken the extreme step due to work pressure from superior officers, the Maraimalai Nagar police, said the reason behind the suicide was still unclear.
“He had not left any suicide note. But, he was having a few physical ailments and had applied for voluntary retirement,” said a police officer.
Police officers maintain that there was a dispute between the Elumalai and his family members over his decision to seek early retirement and that could have driven him to this.
He was serving in the Otteri police station in the Kancheepuram district.
“Elumalai’s elder son has completed engineering and is working in a decent job. His daughter is settled in the US after marriage and youngest son is also studying engineering. There seems no financial problem in the family. But, we can find out the reason for the suicide only after a thorough investigation,” said a police officer.