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Ex-army officer kills wife, 2 children; commits suicide in US

chandigarh Updated: Jun 10, 2012 11:20 IST
Gurinder Gill

An Indian American allegedly killed his wife and two of their children in their California home before committing suicide, police said. Accused Avtar Singh, a former Indian army officer, called police about the heinous crime before ending his life.

Police stormed his house after the call and found the bodies of Singh, his wife and two children, aged 3 and 15, all with gunshot wounds.

Singh was said to be a major in the Indian army in the 1990s. US media reported that Singh fled to the United States after he was accused of killing human rights lawyer Jaleel Andrabi in Srinagar.

US media also claimed that Avtar Singh, 47, was previously arrested by police in February 2011 when his wife reported that he had tried to choke her and upon his arrest at that time, police discovered that he was sought in India on a murder warrant but India never wanted to extradite him. He was freed after posting bail and allowed to go back into the same home with his wife.

It was learnt that Avtar Singh was in trucking business and owned and operated Jay Truck Lines, in Selma.

Police also found a 17-year-old boy with severe head trauma in the house. He was taken to community regional medical centre where he was undergoing surgery. No information has been released about the injured boy.

Police said Avtar Singh was found dead in the living room with an apparent gunshot wound to his head, while his wife and a 3-year-old boy were found in the home's master bedroom with gunshot wounds. The body of a 15-year-old boy was discovered in another bedroom.