Ex-CBI director found dead at his residence in Shimla

Ex-CBI director found dead at his residence in Shimla

NEW DELHI: Former governor of Manipur and Nagaland and ex-CBI director Ashwani Kumar was found hanging at his residence in Shimla on Wednesday, a police official said.

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Kumar’s body was found hanging at his residence, Shimla Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohit Chawla said.

A forensic team has reached the spot and therefore the local police found a note purportedly written by Kumar before his death, the officials said.

A preliminary probe indicates that a sudden change in Kumar’s active life over the last six months due to confinement reception might be a probable reason behind the drastic move, but the police are looking into all probabilities, they said.

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One of his neighbors told press agency PTI that Kumar had gone for his evening walk as was common. After returning home, he visited the attic, where he hanged himself. The body was first found by a loved one, who visited the attic to call Kumar for dinner, the neighbor said.

Kumar is survived by his wife and son.

Kumar, a 1973-batch IPS officer, became the CBI director in 2008, succeeding Vijay Shanker, within the midst of the agency’s probe into the Aarushi Talwar murder case that hogged the headlines.

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Kumar was in commission in both the central government and therefore the Himachal Pradesh government for quite 37 years.

Kumar took over the reins of the office of the Director-General of Police (DGP) of the Himachal Pradesh in August 2006.

He was sworn-in because the governor of Nagaland on March 21, 2013, and as governor of Manipur on July 29, 2013.

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He was presented the Vice-Chancellor of a personal university in Shimla, they said.

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