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By Our Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI, OCT. 23. An Assistant Commissioner of Delhi Police, Hemant Chopra, posted with the Special Cell, died after a heart attack today. He is survived by his wife and a son.
Hemant was taken to hospital this morning when he did not wake up after repeated attempts by his domestic help. He was declared dead there.
On Friday night, Hemant had complained of pain in the stomach and called up his doctor for advice. He took some medicines and went off to sleep. The officer, in his late 30s, was alone in the house. His wife and the only son, studying in Class XII, had gone to her parents' place at Kurukshetra in Haryana.
The police believe that Hemant suffered a heart attack. However, a post-mortem was conducted on his body and the viscera has been preserved for further examination.
The funeral was performed at the Punjabi Bagh cremation ground this evening. The Delhi Police Commissioner, K. K. Paul, other senior officers and his colleagues were present at the cremation.
The Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi, B.L. Joshi, sent his condolences to the family of the deceased.
Hemant had joined the Delhi police in 1993 as an ACP of the DANIPS cadre and was posted as Assistant Commissioner of Police in various sub-divisions and units. He was credited with arresting the accused in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case a couple of years ago. At the time, he was posted with the Special Team of the Crime Branch of the Delhi police. His team had made the first arrest in the case -- more than three-and-a-half years after the murder -- in 2002.
However, the prime accused, R.K. Sharma, surrendered a couple of months later. Hemant had supervised the custodial interrogation of the accused, after he was remanded to police custody. He had been transferred to the Special Cell only a few months ago.
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