Controversial IPS officer Rahul Sharma commits suicide

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Dantewada, Mar 12: IPS officer Rahul Sharma committed suicide on Monday, Mar 12. Sharma reportedly was one of the few persons, who holding crucial ranks such as Superintendent of Police (SP), stayed at Dantewada, the Maoists and Naxals-hit district in Chhattisgarh.

According to police, 37-year-old Sharma, a 2002-batch IPS officer, shot himself in the head inside the toilet of Police Officer's Mess. However, no one gave specific information regarding Sharma's suicide. Police yet to reveal the reason of Sharma's suicide.

Sharma had landed in controversy and faced tremendous criticism when he was accused of hiring some people as Special Police Officers (SPO) who allegedly had killed innocent people and naxals in 2009.

However, during an interview with Tehelka, Sharma had asserted, "The last two years have seen some eight encounters. Each time they said we killed innocents. This is the Naxals’ propaganda warfare. They use the institutions of democracy — the courts, the NGOs — for their ends. This was no stage-managed killing. It is an absolutely false allegation that we killed defenceless people. It was a genuine encounter. No media comes when my boys are martyred. But every time we kill Naxals, a media trial takes place."

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