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Punjab: Arrested IAS officer’s son dies by suicide

Days after the Punjab Vigilance Bureau arrested IAS officer Sanjay Popli on corruption charges, his son allegedly died by suicide on Saturday. He allegedly shot himself in the head with his father’s licensed pistol.

“Son of Punjab IAS officer allegedly shoots self. The vigilance team reached here (IAS Sanjay Popli’s house) for enquiry and heard a gunshot. After verification, they realized that his son had shot himself with his licensed gun. He was shifted to hospital,” SSP Kuldeep Chahal told news agency ANI.

Popli was sent to a four-day police remand. The vigilance team had reached his residence for another inquiry as his remand was ending today.

The 2008-batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer was arrested in a case pertaining to allotment of tenders when he was posted as the chief executive officer of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Sandeep Wats, who was posted as the assistant secretary in the board, has also been arrested.

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Kartik’s mother, however, claimed that the Vigilance Bureau team had “humiliated and tortured” her son. Family sources said that an argument had taken place between the VB team and Kartik, a law graduate. “First Sanjay was implicated in a false case and now they shot my son,” Popli’s wife told journalists outside the house.

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