Panic gripped patients, doctors and staff at the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 on Friday when a Chandigarh Police constable, in uniform, shot dead his estranged wife with his service weapon at the entrance to the out-patient department (OPD) of the hospital at around 10.50am.
The accused, Anand Kumar (41), deployed in the security of Punjab and Haryana high court judge, shot his wife Dimple (36) - twice each in the chest and stomach - before shooting himself twice, near the left shoulder and the stomach. A stray bullet also injured a bystander. Kumar has been operated upon at the hospital and his condition is said to be stable.
Station house officer (SHO) police station Sector 17 inspector Dilsher Singh Chandel said that the accused visited the hospital and entered into a verbal confrontation with his wife Dimple, a Class IV employee.
In a fit of rage, Kumar fired five rounds at his wife, of which one hit bystander Savitri Devi, 35, in the arm. She had come to hospital for checkup of daughter Babli. Police have recovered seven rounds from the spot and seized the weapon, which had three live cartridges.
A case under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against Kumar at the Sector-17 police station.
Repeated complaint of woman went unheard
The accused did not have cordial relations with his wife and they had been living separately for months and also filed for divorce.
Kailasho Devi, the mother of the deceased, who is also working at GMSH-16, alleged that Kumar used to frequently beat up her daughter and also used to threaten her. She claimed that they had lodged several complaints at the Sector 24 police post, Sector 11 police station and the women cell of Chandigarh police in this regard, but no action was taken against Kumar.
The family has demanded action against Sector 11 police station SHO inspector Malkit Singh and Sector 24 police post in charge sub-inspector Lakhbir Singh for repeatedly ignoring their complaints.
"Our daughter would have been alive had the police acted on our complaints," said an inconsolable Kailasho Devi. Mam Chand, the father of the deceased, alleged that the accused had pointed a gun at him on several occasions too. Family members had recently approached UT SSP Sukhchain Singh with a request to take away Anand's service weapon.
Interestingly, Kumar has also complained that his wife had stolen valuables from his house at the
Sector 24 police post. The body of the victim has been kept in the mortuary and will be handed over to family after post-mortem. The deceased is survived by nine-year-old twin children.
Hospital gate closed
The incident left the patients and the onlookers in shock, forcing them to face inconvenience for around an hour. Police closed the main entrance gate and restricted entry to only those with registration cards.