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Cop's son had kept gun ready

Abhijeet Kurne (27), who allegedly shot his 21-year-old wife and himself with his father's service revolver on Friday morning, had planned the murder and suicide. Little Yadav reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 04, 2010 02:13 IST
Little Yadav

Abhijeet Kurne (27), who allegedly shot his 21-year-old wife and himself with his father's service revolver on Friday morning, had planned the murder and suicide.

The night before, he had sneaked his father Assistant Commissioner of Police Madhusudan Kurne's service revolver into his bedroom before the family fell asleep, police said.

The senior police officer lives next door and the revolver was in his cupboard.

Abhijeet loaded the revolver with only two rounds, which he had already decided how to use.

Abhijeet first covered his wife Ashwini's mouth with one hand, placed the revolver at her temple and shot one round at point blank range.

“Since the doors and the windows of the room were shut nobody heard the gunshots,” said Police Inspector Deepak Phatangare of Malad police station. The bullet went through Ashwini's head and came out and hit the pillow. Abhijeet then turned the revolver on himself and pulled the trigger. This bullet was found embedded in a cupboard in the couple's bedroom. The police have recovered both the bullets.

The deaths were discovered on Friday morning when Kurne went to his son's apartment to check why the couple had not turned up for breakfast.

Kurne found the young couple dead in one of the rooms with his service revolver lying next to their bodies.

A close friend of Abhijeet said he often spoke about his wife and the couple went out at least once a week.

His business of renting private cars, that he had recently started, was also doing well.

Friends, relatives and neighbours are wondering what could have lead to the tragedy because everyone, who knew the couple, felt they were in love and were happy.