Assam Home Secretary Shiladitya Cheti IPS dies by suicide minutes after wife succumbs to cancer

GP Singh, the Director General of Police in Assam, informed the public about the officer's death.
Shiladitya Chetia IPS
Shiladitya Chetia IPS

GUWAHATI: An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer in Assam died by suicide on Tuesday minutes after receiving the news of his wife’s demise after a battle with cancer.

Shiladitya Chetia, the secretary of the state’s Home and Political Department, shot himself with his service gun at a private hospital in Guwahati, where his wife died. She was in the fourth stage of carcinoma.

The 2009-batch IPS officer was on leave for the past four months due to his wife’s illness. Earlier, he served as the superintendent of police of several districts as well as deputy inspector general of police.

The Assam police mourned Chetia's death and in a post on X, the state's Director General of Police GP Singh wrote, "In an unfortunate turn of events, Sri Shiladitya Chetia IPS 2009 RR, Secretary Home and Political Government of Assam, took his own life this evening, a few minutes after the attending physician declared the death of his wife who was battling cancer for a long time. Entire Assam Police family is in deep grief."

DGP Singh expressed profound sorrow on behalf of the entire Assam Police family over the officer's tragic passing.

Former Congress MP Abdul Khaleque wrote, "Extremely shocked to know about suicide of Shri Shiladitya Chetia…I knew him personally well as he was Superintendent of Police of Barpeta district. He was an able administrator. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family."

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