BJP MP from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi Ram Swaroop Sharma found dead in Delhi
The police said that on Wednesday, Ram Swaroop Sharma, Bhartiya Janata Party MP from Himachal Pradesh was found dead at his residence in Delhi. Ram Swaroop Sharma is survived by his wife and three sons.
His body was found hanging from the ceiling fan at his flat in Gomti Apartments near RML Hospital.
“BJP MP from Mandi, Ram Swaroop Sharma died allegedly by suicide in Delhi. Police received a call from a staffer. He was found hanging and the door was closed from inside,” ANI quoted Delhi Police as saying.
Police officials said that Mr Sharma’s personal assistant alerted the police control room after the parliamentarian did not respond to his call.
The police further said that the case is under investigation.
“It looks like a case of suicide, but we are continuing to probe. We’ll know better once we have the autopsy report and have questioned people,” said Chinmoy Biswal, Delhi Police spokesperson.
Sharma was a two-time MP from the Jalpehar village in Mandi. He was also born here on June 10, 1958. Ram Swaroop Sharma was a member of the Standing Committee on External Affairs and the Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs.
He was elected to the 16th and 17th Lok Sabha in 2014 and 2019 respectively.
Following the death of the MP, a parliamentary meeting of the BJP that was scheduled on Wednesday was cancelled.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah took to Twitter to express his condolences. “I am deeply distressed by the sudden demise of BJP MP Shri Ram Swaroop Sharma from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. I express my condolences to his family in this hour of grief and pray to God for peace of the departed soul,” Shah tweeted.
“Shocked to know that Shri. Ram Swaroop Sharma, MP (Mandi, HP) is no more. No words to express my grief. My prayers that his family, friends, followers have the strength and fortitude to bear this loss,” the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said he was extremely sad and shocked by the sudden demise of the Himachal Pradesh MP.