BJP MP from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh Ram Swaroop Sharma was found hanging from the ceiling in his official residence in New Delhi on Wednesday, police said.
Delhi Police PRO Chinmoy Biswal said his body was found hanging from a ceiling fan. He was taken to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
Sharma was allegedly suffering from severe depression and was under treatment for the last six months. He was alone at his house in Delhi as his wife was on the Char Dhaam pilgrimage. Sharma’s personal security officer was in Mandi.
Prima facie, it appears to be a case of suicide, the police said, adding that no suicide note was found from the spot.
According to the police, a call was made to the Police Control Room (PCR) around 7.45 am by his aide after the parliamentarian did not respond to knocks on his door.
BJP cancelled its scheduled parliamentary party meeting in the wake of Sharma’s death. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla informed the House about the demise of Sharma. Making the announcement, a grim Birla made obituary reference and adjourned the House till 1 pm.
He was elected to the 16th and 17th Lok Sabha from Mandi parliamentary constituency in 2014 and 2019 respectively.
He is survived by his wife and three sons.