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    Wife of Odisha cop who shot dead minister Naba Kishore Das: Was under medication for a psychological disorder

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    The Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, Gopalkrushna Das, who allegedly shot dead Odisha’s Health minister Naba Kishore Das, was being treated for bipolar disorder, MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur’s Psychiatry department head, Dr Chandra Sekhar Tripathy told reporters.

    In spite of his medical history, the ASI was issued a service revolver and appointed in charge of a police post at Brajrajnagar where he shot dead the minister.

    Dr Tripathy told reporters that Das was suffering from bipolar disorder. “Das had first visited my clinic about eight to ten years ago. He used to get angry very easily and was undergoing treatment for this,” he said.

    He added, “I am not sure whether he was taking medicines regularly. If medicine are not taken regularly, the disease reappears. It has been a year since he visited me last.”

    Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that ranges from hyper-mania to depression, according to experts. However, the disorder can be controlled by treatment including counselling.

    Das was a resident of Jaleswarkhandi village of Ganjam district. He started his career in police as a constable in Berhampur and was later transferred to Jharsuguda district 12 years ago.

    Jharsugda SDPO Gupteswar Bhoi said the ASI was issued a licensed pistol after he was made in-charge of a police outpost at Gandhi Chhak of Brajrajnagar area.

    Das’s wife Jayanti also confirmed that her husband used to take medicine for the psychological disorder. “As he stays about 400 km from us, I cannot say whether he was regularly taking medicine,” she said.


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