Ram Swaroop Sharma second Lok Sabha MP to die under mysterious circumstances in a month

MP Mohan Delkar, a seven-term Lok Sabha member, was found hanging in a Mumbai hotel on February 22.

Ram Swaroop Sharma second Lok Sabha MP to die under mysterious circumstances in a month

Ram Swaroop Sharma. File photo.

Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 17

BJP’s Ram Swaroop Sharma is the second Lok Sabha MP to die under mysterious circumstances in the past few weeks. Dadra and Nagar Haveli MP Mohan Delkar, a seven-term Lok Sabha member, was found hanging in a Mumbai hotel on February 22.

Ram Swaroop Sharma is suspected to have died by suicide.

Independent MP Mohan Delkar too allegedly died by suicide.

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A Special Investigation Team has been formed to probe the death of Delkar. The Mumbai police have confirmed death by hanging and, also recovered a suicide note.

The Congress, which is a part of the Shiv Sena-led Maha Aghadi government in Maharashtra, has demanded a judicial inquiry. The 58-year-old was a seven-time MP from the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and headed the party unit there before quitting in 2019 and contesting as an Independent.

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The Congress has claimed that Delkar wrote multiple letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, and senior BJP general seeking their help but were ignored.

Congress leader Sachin Sawant also claimed that Delkar took his life due to “persecution by BJP leaders and central officials”.

Delkar was “persecuted and insulted” by Dadra and Nagar Haveli Administrator Praful Kheda Patel and several Central administrative officers, he claimed.

Patel is believed to be close to PM Modi and HM Shah from their earlier days in politics in Gujarat. The Mumbai Police has registered an FIR against the former Gujarat minister and eight others for their alleged involvement in the suicide based on a complaint by Delkar's son Abhinav under IPC sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 506 (criminal intimidation), 389 (putting the person in accusation of offence in order to commit extortion) and also under the Prevention of Atrocities Act, according to reports.

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