Ram Swaroop Sharma, a BJP parliamentarian from the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, was found dead at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday morning, police said. He was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his flat in the Gomti Apartments.
One of the staff members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian informed the police about the incident.
According to the police, a team was rushed to the spot, where they found the room locked from the inside.
"Prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide but we are probing all the angles. We will get a clarification once we have the autopsy report", a senior police official told Sputnik, while adding that no suicide note was recovered from the spot.
Following his demise, the BJP has cancelled its parliamentary party meeting scheduled for this morning.
Senior leaders including Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Home Minister Amit Shah expressed condolences over Sharma's death.
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.@BJP4India @BJP4Himachal— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) March 17, 2021
हिमाचल प्रदेश के मंडी से भाजपा सांसद श्री राम स्वरूप शर्मा जी के आकस्मिक निधन से अत्यंत व्यथित हूँ। मैं दुःख की इस घड़ी में उनके परिवार के प्रति अपनी संवेदनाएँ व्यक्त करता हूँ व दिवंगत आत्मा की शांति के लिए ईश्वर से प्रार्थना करता हूँ। ॐ शांति शांति शांति— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 17, 2021
Meanwhile, the lower house of the parliament was adjourned until 1 p.m. after the House paid tribute to Sharma and ex-MP Dilip Gandhi who died at a hospital while being treated for COVID-19.