Guard shoots judge’s son, wife in Gu­ru­gram mar­ket

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Leena Dhankhar leena.dhankhar@hin­dus­tan­times.com CON­TIN­UED ON P 8

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.

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The guard seen drag­ging an in­jured Dhruv Sharma.

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