Guard shoots judge’s son, wife in Gurugram market
GURUGRAM: The wife of an additional sessions judge died and their son was struggling for life after being shot on Saturday afternoon by their personal security officer (PSO), who claimed that he felt he had been “possessed” at the time he fired his service revolver, the police said.
The PSO, who left the scene of crime at Arcadia market in Gurugram’s Sector 49 without being challenged by the throng of onlookers who filmed the incident on their mobile phone cameras, was arrested two hours after the shooting from the Gurugram-faridabad road.
The victims, Ritu Sharma (38) and Dhruv Sharma (18), suffered gunshot injuries in the chest and head, respectively, and were rushed to a private hospital, where the woman succumbed a few hours later.
The PSO fired five rounds – three at Dhruv and two at his mother. No bullets were found in them, and only exit and entry wounds were reported. Police said a bullet did not penetrate, but left a bruise on the neck of the teenager.
Head constable Mahipal Singh (32), a resident of Bhungarka village in Haryana’s Narnaul, had been with the family since April 2017 when additional sessions judge Krishan Kant Sharma was posted in a Gurugram court. He allegedly shot them with his service revolver (.38 bore) and called up the judge around 3.45 pm after the incident and told him that he had shot his wife and son.
“The accused during interrogation said he was mentally disturbed and irritated as he was asked to take them to the market and he did not like doing household chores,” said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Sumit Kuhar.
Singh, who claimed during initial questioning that he felt he had been “possessed” when he shot the victims, also had an argument with Dhruv before the incident, although the reason was not yet clear, Kuhar said. The PSO had converted to Christianity five days ago and was mentally depressed, police said. He had been watching some videos on religion for the last few months, the police added.
The guard seen dragging an injured Dhruv Sharma.