A security officer of Azadpur's agricultural produce market committee was found dead in the early hours today, the police said. Sumer Singh (53) was found dead near the APMC building around 5.30 am, they said. Singh, posted as assistant security officer, had the job of regulating the entry of trucks in the market. He had been working with the APMC since 1984, the police said. Some locals claimed that Singh, a former national-level wrestler, had an argument with someone this morning. A few minutes later, people claimed to have heard a "cracker-like sound" and saw Singh collapsing.
He was rushed to Babu Jagjivan Ram Hopsital where he was declared brought dead. It is suspected that he was shot dead. However, DCP Northwest Milind Mahadeo Dumbere said it cannot be said with certainty at the moment that he was shot dead. They are awaiting the post-mortem report to ascertain the cause of death, he said. The police said they are probing all angles including Singh being killed by alleged robbers. Later, Delhi Development Minister Gopal Rai announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of Sumer Singh. The Delhi Agriculture Marketing Board has been asked to provide the compensation, a government official said.
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