By a tragic coincidence, the number three appears ominous for the Munde-Mahajan family.
With the untimely demise of Union rural development minister Gopinath Munde in a car accident in New Delhi on Tuesday, three of the family members and one close aide of the two BJP leaders have met tragic deaths on the third day of a month.
The tragic trail unfolded with the death of Munde's brother-in-law Pramod Mahajan. On May 3, 2006 Mahajan died in a Mumbai hospital after prolonged attempts by a battery of doctors failed to revive him from bullet injuries.
Mahajan struggled for 13 days after his estranged elder brother, Pravin Mahajan, shot him with his licensed .32 pistol inside the latter's apartment in Mumbai on April 22, 2006.
Pravin fired four bullets following a dispute. The first missed Pramod, but the other three were lodged in his liver and pancreas, damaging several internal organs. Pravin was sentenced to life in prison by a trial court in Mumbai in 2007.
A month later, on June 3, 2006, Pramod's personal aide Vivek Moitra was found dead in his official bungalow in Delhi and his son Rahul Mahajan was found unconscious after a party in which drinks and drugs were allegedly consumed.
The third day of a month proved fatal once again on March 3, 2010 when Pravin Mahajan passed away in a Thane hospital after he failed to respond to weeks of treatment following a brain haemorrhage.