Shiladitya Chetia, a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer serving as the home and political department’s secretary in the Assam government, allegedly died by suicide on Tuesday. According to the state’s police, he took the extreme step soon after he heard about his wife’s death in the hospital. His wife had been suffering from cancer.

IPS officer Shiladitya Chetia

GP Singh, the Director General of Police, Assam, informed the masses about the officer’s death. He said he died by suicide minutes after his wife’s death because of cancer.

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DGP GP Singh said the entire Assam Police family is in deep grief due to the officer’s tragic death.

“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,” said the Assam Police chief.

According to Assam Tribune, Shiladitya Chetia, a 2009 Indian Police Service officer, was on leave for the past four months, presumably dealing with the turmoil triggered by his wife’s ailment.

He was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Before becoming the secretary in the Assam government, Shiladitya Chetia had served as the superintendent of police (SP) of Tinsukia and Sonitpur districts of the state.

The police are still investigating the circumstances behind his death.

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