The armed rampage that 30-year-old Rajbeer Sharma and his best friend Manish embarked upon on Friday evening was motivated by a slew of emotions, most prominently the desire for revenge, investigators said.
Police said a two-year-old property dispute and his elder brother’s apparent high-handedness might have pushed Rajbeer to attempted fratricide. However, what seemed to have pushed the father of two to Manish’s corner was a bid to try and save his best friend from the bleak future that Rajbeer’s own matrimonial life had turned out to be.
“Manish was in love with Jyoti and wanted to marry her. He had been seething with anger ever since he heard people talking about her engagement a month-and-a-half ago and wanted to avenge his honour before she got married this November,” said Ramesh Kumar, a local resident.
The livid duo’s first task was an attempted bid on Rajbeer’s elder brother Kishan Sharma’s life at his residence — located a few metres away from Rajbeer’s house. Kishan had been the ‘biggest beneficiary’ of the division of property between four brothers two years ago and apparently owed Rajbeer Rs 2 lakh, investigations revealed.
They then made their way down five congested bylanes to their next target and the object of Manish’s ire — Jyoti, whom they gunned down before their next victim’s misfortune put her in the line of fire.
“My sister Usha was returning home from the private school in Model Town where she teaches. Rajbeer saw her and pulled the trigger. He even called me out but I ran away else he would have killed me too,” exclaimed one of her cousins, who wished to remain anonymous, and had called the police control room.
In accordance with what seems to have been a planned move, Rajbeer then walked into his own house, to kill his own family so that they wouldn’t have to face the ire of his three surviving brothers.
His wife, Pooja, and youngest daughter Rashi survived — just like his brother Kishan while Rajbeer himself slumped to the ground when he shot himself.
“The weapons used, 0.32 bore pistols and a revolver, all country-made , have been recovered,” said Tejendra Luthra, Joint CP (northern range).