MYSTERY STILL shrouds the suicide committed by veteran Congress leader Kripa Shankar Shukla’s corporator son Atul Shukla, at his residence in Mahaveer Kripa Colony, on Saturday night.
The police have recovered a pistol lying on the ground surrounded by a pool of blood on the first floor bedroom of the Shukla residence. It is unclear, which make the pistol is and is being sent to ballistic experts for examining whether it is the same with which the deadly shot was fired and whether it is a .22 or .32 bore. The licence for the weapon found is being searched for and only then it will become clear whether it belongs to the family.
Incidentally, Shukla family has limited weapons registered in its name. But Aerodrome and Malharganj police, where their houses are located, have no record of weapons.
It has been found that the deceased’s wife owned a .32 revolver, which was stolen. His father also owns a revolver of the same make and a .315 rifle.
The police have denied the three-fire theory doing the rounds and categorically stated that only one shot had been fired from close range hitting Shukla on the right temple. The post-mortem report and FSl report is awaited.
Senior police officials on Sunday stated that they have not questioned the family members so far, who they claim are inconsolable and not in the right state of mind to give reasoned responses on the death of the eldest son in their family.
The FSL and police teams had rushed to the spot soon after receiving information at about 10 pm. It is learnt that Shukla had been living in tension from past some time since his petrol pump at Sanver Road was closed down after a check conducted by authorities. Some people having enmity with Shukla even tried to set on fire the filling station.
He was planning of going to Delhi along with former minister Sajjan Singh Verma in this connection and had even bought airline tickets.
At the time of the incident, Shukla in a fit of rage possibly after having an altercation with his wife, shot himself with a pistol in an inebriated state. His wife and three children were present in the house at the time of incident and called their driver, guard and neighbors for help.
Shukla was rushed to Bafna Hospital, Raj Mohalla from where he was taken to CHL Apollo Hospital but was pronounced dead. Several leaders from various political parties including PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, Satya Narayan Sattan and other Shukla family supporters gathered outside the hospital leading to posting of a STF team on the spot.
A large crowd then assembled outside their residence. The funeral procession was taken out from their Aerodrome area house passing through their traditional house in Jinsi thence to Panchkuian Muktidham where the last rites were performed.