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Old 21-Oct-2008
Top Punjab IAS officer commits suicide

CHANDIGARH: One of Punjab's top IAS officers, principal secretary A S Chhatwal, on Monday committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan
in his Chandigarh home.

Chhatwal, a 1986 batch Punjab cadre officer, was found hanging in his Sector 39 official residence by his wife and was brought to PGI hospital by her and the family's next-door neighbour Chandigarh finance secretary Sanjay Kumar.

Chandigarh SSP S S Srivastava told reporters a suicide note found at Chhatwal's house said the officer was depressed, probably because of family reasons.

Doctors said Chhatwal was put on life support systems for a while before he died. Chhatwal had figured in Vigilance Bureau inquiries in the Ludhiana City Center scam involving former CM Amarinder Singh since the officer was the chief administrator of Punjab Urban Development Authority when the alleged irregularities took place.

Apart from being principal secretary, Chhatwal was serving as secretary, science and technology and non-conventional energy and commissioner of NRI affairs.

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