Bodyguard shoots at judge’s wife, son in busy Gurgaon mkt
Fires 5 Bullets At Chest, Head; Calls Judge To Inform
Gurgaon: At 4.45pm on Saturday, additional sessions judge Krishan Kant was in a meeting with another judge in the Gurgaon district court when his cellphone rang. The call was from his personal security officer. Then came the chilling words: “I shot your wife and son. Go and see them.”
An hour and 15 minutes before he made that call, head constable Mahipal (32) had shot at the judge’s wife Ritu and 17-year-old son Dhruv at point-blank range from his service revolver in front of hundreds of horrified people near Arcadia market. He pumped two bullets into Ritu, on her chest and stomach, and shot Dhruv thrice, once on the shoulder and twice in the he- ad. The shooting happened on the road just outside the market in South City-2 at 3.30pm when weekend shoppers were present in large numbers and traffic was heavy. Videos shot by onlookers showed people screaming in horror as Mahipal tried to pull the judge’s son, who lay bleeding and unconscious on the road, into the back seat of the family’s white Honda City. After two failed attempts, he left the boy on the road and drove off.
It was only after Mahipal left that some people in the crowd came forward to help. They tried to stop Dhruv’s bleeding by wrapping a cloth around his head and took him and Ritu to the nearby Park Hospital. From there, the two were shifted to Medanta where their condition was stated to be critical at the time of writing this report. Mahipal was arrested two hours after the shooting from Gwalpahari on Gurgaon-Faridabad road.
Apolice officer said he had fired at the police team as well but missed. Mahipal had been in charge of protecting the judge and his family for the last two years.
Police said Mahipal’s motive was not clear. A senior police officer said Mahipal had repeated a particular statement again and again during interrogation, which interrogators found “hard to believe”. “The accused seems to be mentally unstable. We are considering getting a medical examination done,” the officer said, adding Mahipal seemed depressed and appeared to have “some psychological issues”. Police commissioner K K Rao said cops were getting more information. A case was registered against Mahipal at Sector 50 police station.
On Saturday afternoon, Mahipal had driven Ritu (37) and Dhruv to Arcadia market in their City. They reached around 3pm. After finishing their work, they came out of the market around 3.30pm and asked Mahipal to bring the car. But when he came back with the car, Mahipal, according to eyewitnesses, had a heated exchange with Ritu. Suddenly, he pulled out his .38 bore revolver and fired two shots at her. When Dhruv tried to stop him, Mahipal aimed the gun at him and shot thrice. He kicked Ritu multiple times and screamed abuses before getting into the car and driving off. He returned within minutes and tried to drag Dhruv into the car but drove away when he failed.
In videos of the incident that surfaced later, people can be heard crying out in fear and disbelief and asking each other to call the cops. Mahipal faced no resistance — he was armed and people were probably too scared to intervene. At the same time, several people stood just metres from the man and calmly took videos and photos on their phone.
Ram Chander, a guard at an SBI ATM just outside the market, told TOI people began running after they heard the five gunshots one after the other. “I saw a woman lying on the ground unconscious and the gunman kicking her. Minutes later, he was trying to grab and pull the boy inside the car. But when he saw more people nearby, he left the boy and fled. I called my boss who asked me pull down the shutter of the ATM booth. Police arrived soon after,” he said.
Police said after leaving the crime scene, Mahipal went to his friend Kuku at Islampur village nearby. He first told him the family of the judge had met with an accident and he needed help. But later, he admitted he had shot them himself, police said. Kuku informed police.
A police vehicle intercepted him at Gwalpahari. He was arrested around 5.30pm. The revolver he used to fire at Ritu and Dhruv was also found.
Head constable Mahipal (inset) tried to drag the wounded boy into the car but then left him on the road and drove off. He was later arrested