Denied leave, Orissa trooper commits suicide

Bhubaneswar, Feb 20 (IANS) A trooper of the Orissa State Armed Police committed suicide by stabbing his bayonet into his belly after he was denied leave, police said Saturday.

Prakash Chandra Barik killed himself Friday evening in Gajapati district of Orissa. He hailed from Kendrapara district. He was posted in 3rd Battalion of Orissa State Armed Police in Koraput and was on duty in Mohana area in Gajapati.

‘He applied for leave and was under severe pressure. He was continuously ringing back home. Two of his colleagues went on leave. Later, he took this step,’ a police officer said.

Barik succumbed to his injuries on his way to the hospital.

‘He was denied leave so he took this step,’ President of Constable Association of Orissa Padmanabh Behera said.

However, camp seniors said Barik committed suicide due to some family problem.

‘He was having some family problem so he committed suicide. He had already been given seven days’ leave,’ Havildar Major Surendra Parida said.

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