The team of policemen that had detected Vijay Kumar’s hand in the murders of Manoj Kumar and Prakashi Devi were leaving for the constable’s Bakhtawarpur home when they came upon his limp body outside the police station.
Grieving relatives of Manoj Kumar and Prakashi Devi in Alipur on Thursday. HT/Sunil Saxena
The policemen did not immediately make a connection between the incidents. But investigations later revealed how the 24-year-old killed the mother-son duo and then himself.
However, it still is not clear how Kumar reached the police station, which is 6km from his village. “Someone must have accompanied Kumar to the police station,” Saket, one of Manoj's neighbours, said.
Sources said Kumar, who had joined the Delhi police in 2010, had left his Sonepat home at 6pm on Wednesday. He went straight to his Lodhi Road office. “He reached at 8pm and got hold of his service revolver.
He then left for his Bakhtawarpur home,” a senior police officer said.
According to the police, Kumar went looking for Manoj at his home in Bakhtawarpur late on Wednesday.
“Manoj’s mother emerged from the house and took him to the family hut about 500 metres away. When Manoj came out, Kumar started firing at him and his mother. Both died on the spot,” Ran Singh, Manoj's uncle, said.
Kumar had called the police to inform them about the incident. The sources said he loitered outside the police station for over an hour before shooting himself.
Kumar’s father Rana Bhadur, on the other hand, claimed that the family was happy with the court judgment and allegations levelled by Manoj’s family members were without basis. “Kumar was upset about the way things were going, but I don’t believe that he killed them. He would never do that,” he said.
Manoj’s family members were clueless on why Kumar killed him and his mother nine years after his sister had committed suicide. “There was a court case but we had never imagined any of this,” a family member said.