Lucknow, June 9: An Uttar Pradesh head constable allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service revolver at government quarter in Alambagh area of Lucknow city, a news agency ANI reported. According to reports, he was unable to continue with 20-hours of work shift each day. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: International Flights to Start From Kushinagar Airport by Diwali, Announces CM Yogi

The deceased identified as Raj Ratan Verma was posted at the Dial 100 emergency response service and was apparently under a lot of stress by the overtimes and prolonged duty hours, a close friend told senior officers. Also Read - Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Meets Bollywood Personalities Over Film City in Uttar Pradesh's Noida

Verma, in his 50s, was found dead early on Saturday. He was discovered lying in a pool of blood at his residential quarters near the Loco toll tax office. He had shot himself in the head. Though there was no suicide note recovered from the scene, his close friends have told his superiors that Verma would often rue the long working hours which prevented him from spending time with his family.

Verma’s working hours averaged 20-hours a day leaving little personal time. A probe is on, a senior police officer said. (Also Read: Himanshu Roy Suicide: Colleagues in Shock, Say ‘he Was a Strong Police Officer’)

On May 29, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rajesh Sahni, posted at the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad had also committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver. The reason for his suicide was not known. Sahni was posted as the additional superintendent of police at the Uttar Pradesh ATS since July 2014. In another incident, former Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Himanshu Roy also ended his life by shooting himself. Roy reportedly put a gun inside his mouth and killed himself. Roy, an IPS officer of the 1988 batch, was known for being a brave police official. He had arrested actor Vindhu Dara Singh in 2013 in the IPL Spot fixing case.

(With agencies inputs)