Sharma, 35, who was posted as Superintendent of Police (SP) at Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, killed self in the washroom at the Police Officers' Mess, which is situated close to the official bungalow meant for the district SP.
Initially it was suspected that family tensions prompted him to end his life but later it was revealed that he committed suicide because of inter-departmental tension. Sharma was earlier posted in Naxalite-infested Dantewada region in Southern Chhattisgarh.
Rahul Sharma was transferred just over two months ago and given the new posting as SP Bilaspur on January 1, 2012. As construction work was going on in the bungalow, he had recently shifted to the officers' mess. The local police are also shocked as to what led him to the extreme step.
In a later development, the suicide note left by Sharma, revealed that he was depressed due to his senior's interference and alleged harassment. His relations with his superior officer were not cordial, said sources. IG GP Singh himself informed media persons about the suicide note at a press conference later.
The CBI inquiry has been recommended even t hough local police have also begun the investigation. In neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, an IPS officer Narendra Kumar was recently killed while trying to stop mining mafia's operations in Morena. This is the second incident in less than a week when an elite service officer has died in the country.