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Cousin shoots siblings at point-blank range

delhi Updated: Jan 04, 2012 00:12 IST
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A nine-month-old grudge turned a 22-year-old into a cold-blooded murderer on Monday night. He believed that his grandfather’s will was ‘unfair’ as he had decided to bequeath most of his property to his uncle and his family.

So much so that Gaurav Kumar decided to gun down both his teenaged cousins within the confines of their ancestral home located in a bustling locality in central Delhi’s Ranjit Nagar.

“Gaurav was not satisfied with the division of parental property between his father, Sudhir, and his uncle Ajay Arora and had always sulked about the same,” said DC Shrivastava, additional CP (central).

Gaurav, police said, had already purchased a country-made pistol for the purpose and was looking for an opportunity to take revenge — which presented itself Monday night.

Using both his parents’ pilgrimage to a shrine in Himachal Pradesh as well as his uncle and aunt’s absence, Gaurav simply sauntered to the second floor. He then shot his cousins Shivani, 19, and Vishal, 16, at point-blank range and fled the scene. He stole some jewellery and dislodged some clothes from a couple of cupboards to make it look like a robbery attempt.

On Monday, Gaurav spent the entire afternoon consuming alcohol near what was to become the scene of his gruesome crime just hours later.

“He knew his uncle and aunt would be away, so he simply walked into their house sometime around 8, overpowered Vishal before shooting him twice behind his head. He then took hold of Shivani and shot her in her forehead,” the officer said.

But as his weapon was a country-made pistol, the ammo exploded instead of piercing Shivani’s forehead at impact — leaving her, police said, in a world of pain due to a crushed skull, and her own vomit after being shot.

“We were informed about the incident at 8:55pm when the victims’ parents returned home. Both Vishal and Shivani lying in a pool of blood,” Srivastava said. Police zeroed in on Gaurav, who operates an automotive parts business in Karol Bagh when he lied about his location when the murders happened. “When his parents contacted him while on their way back home, he told them he was at home. But when we asked him the same question, he said he had been at the local Gurudwara when his cousins were murdered,” a police officer said.

According to police, Gaurav’s dissatisfaction was triggered soon after his grandfather passed away on September 12.

Gaurav has been arrested and the weapon of offence, which he dumped at Todapur Village, has been recovered.