He had been on simmer for almost a decade, and in the end his grief got the better of him. Vijay Kumar, 24, a constable with the Delhi Police, was 14 when his sister Rachna committed suicide at her in-laws’ place in Bakhtawarpur village in outer Delhi.
After her death, Rachna’s parents filed a case of dowry death against her husband Manoj and his family members.
“Manoj got married to Rachna in 2002. His family used to harass her for dowry. It got worse…She couldn’t take the harassment anymore and hanged herself in 2003,” said Rajesh Singh, Manoj’s neighbour in Bakhtawarpur.
Manoj was subsequently arrested, but let off on bail after 25 days. In November 2011, he was acquitted of charges of dowry death but convicted for dowry harassment. A city court let him off with a fine of
Rs 1 lakh.
Not one to give up, Vijay appealed to Delhi high court against the city court’s order.
On Wednesday, Vijay attended the court hearing, but after a couple of hours when he got a feeling that the case would not go in his favour he left. He returned to his Lodhi road office, where he collected his service revolver, and after that took off for Bakhtawarpur.
At 9.15 pm, he reached Manoj's house, walked in and shot dead his brother in law and his 62-year-old mother Prakashi Devi.
He then placed a call to the police control room giving full details of the murder, and shortly after went to the Alipur police station to surrender.
But after an hour of waiting, his courage failed him and he took out his revolver and shot himself in the head.
"After a quick investigation and talking to witnesses, we had zeroed in on Vijay. Just as our team was setting out for Sonepat (where Vijay lived), we found his blood-soaked body outside the police station," said BS Jaiswal, DCP (outer Delhi).