Body­guard shoots at judge’s wife, son in busy Gur­gaon mkt

Fires 5 Bul­lets At Chest, Head; Calls Judge To In­form

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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