PSO firing: Fight with judge's son was trigger
Four days after a security guard killed the wife and injured the son of a judge, the police said that the shooting at a busy market here was the result of a sudden provocation.
Personal security officer (PSO) Mahipal Singh allegedly shot at additional district and sessions judge Krishan Kant's wife Ritu and 18-year-old son Dhruv. While the judge's wife died later in hospital, his son is on life support.
"According to the sequence of events, the judge's wife and his son did not find Singh near the car after finishing their shopping. Dhruva asked him for the key to keeping the shopping bags inside the car. An altercation took place, which provoked Mahipal and he shot them," said Gurugram's DCP (crime) Sumit Kuhar. He used the term in 'cold blood' and 'sudden provocation' to describe the shooting. He also said that pressure was building up on the accused for a long time and the trigger was the verbal spat.
Kuhar said that the relation between ASJ Krishna Kant, his family members and Singh was healthy. During interrogation, Mahipal said that he respects them. "It was the heated exchange of words which triggered Singh to attack Dhruva. He was the first target and when the judge's wife Ritu tried to save her son, he shot at her."
Speaking on eyewitnesses accounts, where they said that after shooting the two, Singh kicked and punched them and said that they are devils (Saitan) with no feelings, Kuhar said that Singh was trying to fool people after committing the crime. "The accused is a policeman and was responsible for protecting the judge's family and he turned out to be their killer. It is a heinous crime and we will urge the court for maximum punishment," Kuhar said.
Alka Dalal, a prominent lawyer in the Gurugram civil court said that the terminology "coldblooded sudden provocation" is used in the court proceeding which indicates the mindset of the accused. She gave an example of a case in the USA where a woman was found guilty of setting her husband on fire with the motive to kill. The court took into account the rage building inside the accused and a particular incident which triggered a fatal attack. "A similar situation could be possible in this case too. The rage inside Singh could be the result of misconduct at work or due to family problems," Dalal said. Earlier, the Gurugram police have already said that the relation between Mahipal and his wife was not healthy. They often had fights.
When asked about Singh's wife and mother, DCP Sulochna Gajraj, who is heading the SIT investigating the murder, said: "We don't know their whereabouts; they may have gone somewhere else."