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Siliguri: A police officer has been found dead under mysterious circumstances in his quarter located on Siliguri police station premises.

The deceased has been identified as sub-inspector (SI) Ajay Subba, who was attached to the Bhaktinagar police station in Siliguri. Subba, a resident of Dali in Darjeeling, was alone in his quarter as his wife had gone home to tend to his ailing mother.

Police sources said that Subba had last reported for duty on 13 May. Since he did not open the door of his quarter till late this morning, a neighbour in the police quarter complex alerted the authorities.

Police forced open the door and found Subba lying dead on his bed with a scarf tied around his neck. It is suspected that he hanged himself from the ceiling fan above the bed but fell down as the scarf snapped.

Subba’s dead body has been sent for post-mortem. Investigators have found a diary by the bedside in which the SI has been found dead.