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Former CBI director Ashwini Kumar commits suicide

Ex-CBI chief Ashwani Kumar

Ex-CBI chief Ashwani Kumar

NewDelhi: Former governor of Nagaland and ex-CBI chief Ashwani Kumar is learnt to have committed suicide at his Shimla home on Wednesday evening. His body was found hanging in his private residence in Brakhast, Shimla.

While the reason for the former IPS officer took the step is not known, but state police team led by SP Shimla Mohit Chawla is at the scene and is investigating the case.

The police have recovered a suicide note from Ashwani Kumar’s residence.

The suicide note, allegedly written by him, says “I am going on my next journey after being fed up with life.”

Speaking to media, SP Shimla Mohit Chawla said that the police are investigating the matter and a conclusion on suicide can only be reached after the post-mortem report.

Reacting to the IPS officer’s death, Congress leader Anand Sharma said he was shocked and saddened. “Deeply shocked & saddened by the news of death of Ashwini Kumar by suicide. Remember him as a police officer known for his professionalism, integrity, intellect, and humility. Having known him for decades, words fail me when I express my feelings. Huge loss for all who knew him,” the leader said on Twitter.

Ashwani Kumar, a 1973-batch IPS officer, had served at various high-ranking posts at Himachal Police, Central Bureau of Investigation as well as elite SPG. He was the director of the CBI between August 2008 and November 2010. Ashwani Kumar is the first CBI chief to later become a governor.

In March 2013, he was appointed as the governor of Nagaland and also held charge as governor of Manipur briefly in 2013. He also served as vice chancellor of a private university in Shimla.

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