In a shocking incident, the son of former Shutrana MLA shot dead his wife and then killed himself at their house in Patiala on Sunday morning.
The deceased have been identified as Balwinder Pal Singh (35), son of former MLA Gurdev Singh Sidhu, and Balwinder's wife Gurmeet Kaur (34).
According to police, the couple was going through a rough patch following which Balwinder took the extreme step.
Gurmeet, widow of Balwinder's elder brother, was remarried to him after his brother died years ago. She has two sons from her first marriage.
The incident took place around 8am on Sunday when Balwinder shot at his wife from a close range with his father's licensed .12 bore gun.
SSP Hardyal Singh Mann said as per the statement of the family, the couple had an altercation on Saturday night but Sidhu pacified the couple. On Sunday morning, the couple again had an altercation following which Balwinder went to his father's room and took out his licensed gun.
"Balwinder came and locked his room. Then, he shot at his wife in the forehead from a close range and then fired another shot placing the gun at his neck. Both died on the spot," said an investigating officer.
Hearing the gunshots, Sidhu, along with other family members, found the two lying in pool of blood.
SSP Mann and other senior police officials rushed to the spot. The finger prints experts were called. The police later sent the bodies for post-mortem.
The police have registered a case against Balwinder for murder and under the Arms Act. "We have to register the case formally against Balwinder, who shot dead his wife and then killed himself," the SSP said.
"The couple was going through a rough patch in their relationship that led to the tragedy," said an inconsolable Sidhu.