Ludhiana bloodbath: ‘CCTV footage rules out external factors, man killed family, self’

  • Tarsem Deogan, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 02, 2016 15:26 IST
Four family members who were killed at BRS Nagar being cremated in Ludhiana on Monday. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Police reaffirmed their theory that BRS Nagar resident Sandeep Singh Mangat killed his family members before turning the gun on himself after CCTV cameras installed outside revealed on Friday that there was no external factor involved in the bloodbath that happened on the morning of July 29.

Mangat shot himself to death after he killed his wife Aman Kaur, daughter Dinaz Kaur and mother Bachchan Kaur. Footage revealed no one from outside had entered the house either the preceding night or in the morning. The police got the footage from two houses in the neighbourhood, one opposite Mangat’s residence and the other adjoining his house. and one adjoining to his house of the preceding night and the morning when the incident occurred.

Police said it was clear from the post-mortem reports that the murders were committed by Mangat in a fit of rage. The bullets recovered from Aman Kaur’s body matched those in the .32 bore revolver recovered from the crime scene on Sunday, two days after the incident.

Police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh said, “The footage of the entire night leading to July 29 morning shows no entry by any outsider. This adds weightage to our theory that no one from outside committed the crime.”

Forensics have stated that the gunpowder found on Sandeep’s left hand proves that he fired the shots. Sandeep was left-handed. Moreover, footprints near his daughter’s body also match Sandeep’s.

Four licenced guns used

Police said Sandeep had procured a licence for .32 bore revolver and three rifles. The .315 bore rifle used to shoot his family and the revolver were licenced in the name of Sandeep Mangat and another rifle in his wife’s name. The third rifle was licenced under his mother’s name. All four bodies were cremated at Sunet village on Monday. Police said Sandeep’s father died in 2000 and left behind a property of 300 acres of land. His mother Bachchan Kaur, who served in Punjab State Power Corporation Limited took voluntary retirement in 1995. After Sandeep’s father’s death, half of the property went to his three step brothers who are settled abroad. “He never worked and his income came from his land,” said a police official.

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