Guard shoots judge’s son, wife in Gu­ru­gram mar­ket

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Front Page - Leena Dhankhar leena.dhankhar@hin­dus­tan­times.com ▪

GU­RU­GRAM: The wife and son of an ad­di­tional ses­sions judge were shot and wounded at Ar­ca­dia mar­ket in Gu­ru­gram’s Sec­tor 49 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 un­chal­lenged even as a throng of on­look­ers watched in si­lence and filmed the in­ci­dent on their mo­bile phone cam­eras, was ar­rested two hours af­ter the shoot­ing from the Guru gram Far ida bad road.

The vic­tims, Ritu Sharma (38) and Dhruv Sharma (18), suf­fered gun­shot in­juries in the chest and head, re­spec­tively, and are un­der­go­ing treat­ment at a pri­vate­hos­pi­tal. ThePSO­fired­five 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.

Gu­ru­gram’s po­lice con­trol room re­ceived a call around 3.20 pm in­form­ing them about a po­lice­man open­ing fire at two per­sons in a park­ing lot of Ar­ca­dia mar­ket.

Rita Sharma and Dhruv, who live in Vatika City, had gone to the mar­ket with the PSO to buy medicines, the po­lice said.

Within min­utes of the in­ci­dent, eye­wit­nesses started shar­ing video clips on so­cial me­dia. In one such clip, shared mul­ti­ple times, the PSO is seen try­ing to put the un­con­scious boy in the rear seat of the judge’s white car. Af­ter fail­ing to do so, he gives up and with a gun in hand, drives away.

Eye­wit­nesses said he first drove to­wards Sohna Road and had re­turned within sec­onds to try and put the judge’s son in­side the car be­fore driv­ing away.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on one of the busiest roads of the mar­ket in South City 2 con­nect­ing to Sohna Road. The video also shows com­muters, shop­keep­ers and other vis­i­tors sim­ply driv­ing by or stand­ing qui­etly at the scene of the crime.

“Peo­ple were wit­ness­ing the in­ci­dent but no one in­ter­vened or helped the vic­tims reach the hospi­tal. It was af­ter the ac­cused fled from the spot and re­al­is­ing that vic­tims were alive, three men came for­ward and took them to a hospi­tal 1.5 kilo­me­tres away in an au­torick­shaw. The ac­cused eas­ily drove away from the spot in front of hun­dreds of peo­ple, but no one came for­ward to get hold of him,” Kuhar said.

He said he in­formed the crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion units that fol­lowed the head con­sta­ble on Sohna Road, but he went to a vil­lage, Is­lam­pur, and spent half-an-hour there with a friend named Kuku. He told Kuku that the judge’s wife and son had met with an ac­ci­dent but within a few min­utes con­fided that he shot them. Kuku told po­lice that he thought they had been killed.

Around 5.30 pm, the PSO was ar­rested from Gwal Pa­hari on Gu­ru­gram-Farid­abad Road af­ter two crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion teams in­ter­cepted the car.

PN Kakkar, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Park Hospi­tal, where the vic­tims were taken around 3.45 pm with a gun­shot in­jury each, said: “The boy was shot in his head and was im­me­di­ately put on ven­ti­la­tor. The woman was shot in the right side of the

GU­RU­GRAM’S PO­LICE CON­TROL ROOM RE­CEIVED A CALL AROUND 3.20 PM IN­FORM­ING THEM ABOUT A PO­LICE­MAN OPEN­ING FIRE AT TWO PER­SONS IN A PARK­ING LOT OF AR­CA­DIA MAR­KET

chest due to which blood col­lected in her lungs. The fam­ily wanted to shift them to an­other hospi­tal so they were shifted from here at 5.26 pm.”

The woman is a home­maker and the boy a class 12 stu­dent of a prom­i­nent school. The judge was not avail­able for com­ment.

VIDEO GRAB

▪ The guard seen drag­ging an in­jured Dhruv Sharma.

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