Depressed over JEE result, Army colonelís son shoots self with service revolver

Depressed over his performance in a competitive exam, an 18-year-old student, the son of a serving Indian Army colonel, allegedly shot himself using his father's service revolver on May 7 in Delhi Cantonment area.

He succumbed to injuries at the Army hospital on Tuesday morning.

A suicide note, which was recovered from the spot, stated that he was ending his life as he was unable to fulfil his parents' expectations, police sources said.

The student, identified as Navdeep Singh, was preparing for JEE (Mains), a joint entrance test for admission in engineering colleges including IITs and NITs across the country.

Navdeep had reportedly been preparing for the entrance exam for more than two years now and was hopeful of getting a good rank. He had joined special coaching classes to perform well in the exam.

According to police, Navdeep, who was expecting a rank of around 2,000, scored much less. His rank was around 50,000, which depressed him.

"On the night of May 7, Navdeep took his father's service revolver and went to his bathroom. He locked the door and shot himself in the temple. The next morning, when he did not come for breakfast, his father, Colonel Balbir Singh went to check on him. When Navdeep did not respond, he went inside and found him in the bathroom," a senior police officer said.

He was admitted to the Army hospital in the area.

Navdeep, who reportedly sustained severe head injuries, underwent a series of surgeries but could not survive.

"Navdeep's family is in shock. They said they never pressurised him to perform. He always told them that he would prove himself. The family said he never showed any signs of depression. He always thought that his father gave him the best facilities. We recovered a suicide note from the spot and there is no foul play suspected," a police officer said.

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