CISF cop on security duty at Teesta Setalvad's home shoots himself

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 10, 2019, 08.14 AM (IST)

A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable posted as a security guard at civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad's home in suburban Santacruz in Mumbai allegedly committed suicide on Saturday morning, news agency ANI reported citing police sources. 

ANI said 42-year-old Bhawar Lal Naik reportedly shot himself with his service rifle while on duty at Setalvad's bungalow.

The reason behind Naik’s extreme step was not known. No suicide note was found at the spot. 

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Naik's body had been sent for án autopsy. 

Santacruz police have registered a case of accidental death. A probe into Naik's death is underway.

Teesta Setalvad is a journalist and founder of Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP). Sabrang Trust was established after the 1992-1993 communal violence in Mumbai, and works to promote conflict resolution and support peacebuilding.

CJP was established in April 2002, in the immediate aftermath of the communal violence during the Gujarat riots, to provide legal aid to the survivors of the riots, and has been instrumental in obtaining the 117 convictions against perpetrators of the violence, among which are politicians and government officials.