Gu­ru­gram shoot­ing: More than 40 watched, no one stepped up to help

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - Leena Dhankhar and Pavneet Singh Chadha htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­

GU­RU­GRAM: The shoot­ing of the wife and son of an ad­di­tional ses­sions judge by the judge’s per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cer, in one of the busiest mar­kets in the city in broad day­light, has raised sev­eral ques­tions on pub­lic ap­a­thy.

Eye­wit­ness ac­counts and videos shared on so­cial me­dia showed that passersby were mere spec­ta­tors to the shoot­ing in­ci­dent, which left 38-year-old Ritu Sharma and her 18-year-old son, Dhruv, ly­ing in a pool of blood. While Ritu suc­cumbed to her in­juries late Satur­day night, her son re­mained crit­i­cally in­jured.

As per the videos of the in­ci­dent, at least 40 peo­ple stood by as the head con­sta­ble at­tempted to put the un­con­scious boy into the car. Raj Ku­mar, an auto driver, said, “I was stand­ing across the road from the spot of the shoot­ing. I was scared be­cause the po­lice of­fi­cer was pac­ing back and forth hold­ing a gun.”

One of the eye­wit­nesses said peo­ple were con­fused and as­sumed that the po­lice of­fi­cer had re­sponded to a theft in­ci­dent.

“I was wait­ing af­ter park­ing my car on the other side when I no­ticed some com­mo­tion. I turned around and saw a po­lice­man shoot­ing at a woman who came from the in­side. She was scream­ing. I thought the po­lice of­fi­cer, in uni­form, was chas­ing a snatcher,” Nisha Singh, a res­i­dent of Mal­ibu Town, Sec­tor 47, said. “He (the ac­cused) left the spot for a few min­utes be­fore re­turn­ing to put the boy in the car but peo­ple were too shocked to re­act,” added Singh.

Har­ish Singh, a ser­vice boy of a nearby fast food eatery, said he was smok­ing at the spot when he saw the po­lice­man take out his re­volver and shoot the boy and a woman. “Peo­ple were scared to in­ter­vene be­cause he looked an­gry and re­turned af­ter ap­pear­ing to flee. He had a gun and had fired mul­ti­ple shots. No one wanted to take a chance on their own lives. The by­standers were wait­ing for him to leave be­fore help­ing the vic­tims,” he said.

Sweta Sharma, who works at an MNC, said it seemed that the po­lice­man was look­ing for an­other per­son to shoot at. “He stayed there for a few min­utes and was star­ing at peo­ple. Every­one was main­tain­ing a safe dis­tance, scared that he might go rogue,” said Sharma.

“It was only af­ter the ac­cused fled from the spot that peo­ple rushed to help out the vic­tims. Three men came for­ward and took them to a hospi­tal 1.5 kilo­me­tres away in an au­torick­shaw. The ac­cused drove away in front of hun­dreds of peo­ple but no one came for­ward to catch him,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.


Twice in the past, the judge’s fam­ily had com­plained to po­lice about the per­sonal se­cu­rity of­fi­cer’s odd be­hav­iour. Po­lice of­fi­cers fa­mil­iar with the probe said the ac­cused, dur­ing ques­tion­ing, told po­lice he was suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion and was men­tally dis­turbed be­cause of cer­tain me­nial house­hold chores that his fam­ily mem­bers had asked him to do.

DCP (crime) Su­mit Kuhar said the ac­cused had con­verted to Chris­tian­ity five days ago. “He had been watch­ing some videos on reli­gion for cou­ple of months. He has been chang­ing his state­ments re­peat­edly,” he said.

Ritu Sharma (38) and Dhruv Sharma (18) leave from Vatika City for Ar­ca­dia mar­ket. PSO Mahipal Singh is driv­ing the car 3:20pm Passersby see Dhruv mov­ing his hand. Ritu is also semi-con­scious. They then call the po­lice con­trol room. Ritu later suc­cumbs to in­juries 3:15pm They reach the mar­ket, which is 3.5km from their home. Ritu goes in­side the mar­ket com­plex to buy medicines. When she re­turns at 3:18pm, she sees Mahipal Singh shoot Dhruv. She shouts to stop the armed con­sta­ble. When Mahipal hears her scream, he shoots her too. Mahipal then tries to put the bod­ies in the car, but fails and drives away 3:25pm Passersby take the mother-son duo to hospi­tal in au­tos 5:30pm Po­lice ar­rest Mahipal Singh from Gwal Pa­hari area.

3pm Mahipal calls judge to say, “I have shot your wife and son.”

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