IPS officer who attempted suicide very critical: UP DGP

Kanpur: IPS officer Surendra Kumar Das, undergoing treatment at a hospital here after consuming some poisonous substance, is in a “very critical” condition, Uttar Pradesh DGP O P Singh said Saturday.

UP DGP O P Singh today said that IPS officer Surendra Kumar Das’s health condition was still “very critical”.

Das, 30, an IPS officer of the 2014 batch, who was posted as the Superintendent of Police City (East) last month, was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday after consuming some poisonous substance.

“The best medical treatment is being administered to the officer and all efforts are being made by the doctors to save him, Singh, who visited the hospital on Saturday, said, adding that Da’s health condition was still “very critical”.

Dr Rajesh Agarwal, a senior doctor at the private hospital where Das is admitted, said many organs of the officer’s body have stopped working.

“Blood circulation in one of his legs has also stopped after which doctors started an emergency operation in the makeshift Operation Theatre (OT) in the ICU where he was put on ventilator for respiratory support. A lot of blood loss may take place during the operation and there will be need for more blood,” he said.

Around 20 constables from the Reserve Police Lines have arrived at the hospital to donate blood for the officer.

His guardians have also been informed about his deteriorating condition as well as the risks associated with the operation, Agarwal said.

Dr Pranav Ojha, who has arrived here from Mumbai, is supervising a team of doctors treating the IPS officer, he said.

Agarwal said the Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine, an advanced medical setup used for critically-ill patients of poisoning, is being used to control organs damage and to support heart and lungs to reduce strain on them for the speedy recovery.

The extent of recovery can only be gauged after the removal of the ECMO machine, he added.

IPS officer Surendra Kumar Das

The DGP said district police officials have been asked to remain in regular touch with the doctors and to arrange everything necessary for the IPS officer’s treatment.

SSP Anant Deo had on Thursday said the officer apparently took the extreme step due to marital discord.

Investigations so far indicate that the IPS officer was in acute depression for the past few days and had searched the Google for ways to commit suicide, Deo had said, adding that he consumed sulphas powder that he had asked his domestic help to bring from the market for killing rats.