Uttar Pradesh IAS officer was depressed before suicide

Lucknow, November 30: Mystery continues to surround the suicide by Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Harminder Raj Singh two days after he allegedly shot himself dead with his licensed revolver. He was on anti-depressants for the past six months, sources close to the family said.

Some of Singh’s friends in the bureaucracy are still shocked over the death. “Harminder Raj Singh was of the type who would have definitely left behind something in black in white,” asserted a close friend who prefers anonymity. Singh’s body was cremated in Delhi Monday afternoon.

While sources close to the family said he was on anti-depressants for the past six months, it was not clear what caused him depression necessitating regular medication.

The Uttar Pradesh IAS Association held a condolence meeting here Monday afternoon and paid rich tributes to Singh.

Asked if the stress level of bureaucrats had been on the rise, association secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy said, “Well, stress is nothing unusual for any bureaucrat and we have even conducted yoga camps in the past to help colleagues from getting over stressed. But I feel there is need for more such stress management programmes for all bureaucrats.”