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Senior IPS Officer Shiladitya Chetia Dies by Suicide Following Wife’s Death from Cancer

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June 19, Wednesday: In an exceedingly tragic sequence of events, Shiladitya Chetia, a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer serving as the secretary of the home and political department in the Assam government, died by suicide on Tuesday. This heart-breaking incident took place mere minutes after he learned about the passing of his wife, who had been battling cancer for an extended period.

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Shiladitya Chetia, an esteemed officer of the 2009 IPS batch, made the irrevocable decision to take his own life following the devastating news of his wife’s death. This grim event has been confirmed by GP Singh, the Director General of Police (DGP) in Assam. “In an unfortunate turn of events, Sri Shiladitya Chetia IPS 2009 RR, Secretary Home and Political Government of Assam, took his own life this evening, a few minutes after the attending physician declared the death of his wife who was battling cancer for a long time. The entire Assam Police family is in deep grief,” said the Assam Police chief.

The sudden and tragic loss of both Chetia and his wife has cast a pall of sorrow over the Assam Police community and the wider public. Shiladitya Chetia was highly respected for his dedication and commitment to his duties. His untimely death has prompted a wave of condolences and tributes from colleagues, friends, and the public.

Chetia’s wife had been enduring a prolonged and arduous battle with cancer. Sources within the police department revealed that Chetia had been a steadfast presence by his wife’s side throughout her illness. The immense emotional strain and stress associated with her deteriorating health and subsequent death may have played a significant role in his tragic decision to end his own life.

DGP Singh extended his heartfelt condolences to Chetia’s family, highlighting the deep sense of loss felt across the Assam Police force. He noted that the loss of such a dedicated and committed officer is deeply felt by all who knew him.

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Friends and colleagues of Shiladitya Chetia have also expressed their shock and sorrow at the news. The Assam government and the police department are expected to organize memorial services to honor the lives of both Shiladitya Chetia and his wife. These services will offer a space for the community to come together to mourn and celebrate the contributions of the couple.

This tragic incident underscores the critical need for robust mental health support and counseling services, particularly for those in high-stress professions such as law enforcement. The profound emotional and psychological toll of personal loss can be overwhelming, and accessible mental health resources are essential in providing the necessary support during such challenging times.

The passing of Shiladitya Chetia has left a void in the Assam Police force. He was known for his unwavering commitment to his work and his remarkable dedication to public service. His colleagues remember him as a person of integrity, deeply committed to his responsibilities and to the welfare of the public he served.

The broader public in Assam has also reacted with deep sadness to the news of Chetia’s death. Social media platforms have seen an outpouring of grief and tributes from people across the state, many of whom have shared stories of Chetia’s impactful service and the difference he made in their lives.

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The tragic loss of Shiladitya Chetia and his wife serves as a poignant reminder of the heavy emotional burdens carried by those in high-pressure roles. As the community mourns, there is a collective call for greater awareness and support for mental health, ensuring that those who dedicate their lives to public service receive the care and support they need in times of personal crisis.

In memory of Shiladitya Chetia and his wife, the Assam Police community, along with the state’s residents, mourns the passing of an officer who served with distinction and an unwavering commitment to his duty. His legacy will be remembered, and his absence deeply felt.

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