Upset over losing a property case, a Ludhiana man shot his mother, wife and daughter, before turning the gun on himself in the wee hours of Friday. Sandeep Singh Mangat, 45, a resident of BRS Nagar I-block, had lost a property dispute against the children of his father’s first wife seven months back, said police.
Known to be short-tempered, Mangat used his licensed .315 double-barrel rifle to kill his 70-year-old mother, Bachan Kaur, wife Aman Kaur, 42, and daughter Dinaz Kaur, 16, before committing suicide around 4.45am at his house (number 654), said Ludhiana police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh.
Cops recovered the rifle besides six bullets and five shells from near Mangat’s body. On the basis of these recoveries and the statement of the family’s 15-year-old domestic help Pinky, who was “spared” during the murder spree, police were able to recreate the crime scene.
Daughter tried to stop Mangat
The first to be shot was Dinaz who saw her father taking out the rifle from the safe on the first floor, next to her room, and tried to stop him. Mangat shot her in the head before threatening the domestic help, who had come out of her room on hearing the commotion. Pinky rushed back into her room and hid in a bathroom.
Mangat then rushed downstairs and shot his mother, who was watching television in the ground-floor lobby after returning from a gurdwara, said cops. He then went to his bedroom, also on the ground floor, and shot his sleeping wife, before killing himself. All the family members were shot in the head, and a total of five shots were fired in all, said the police chief.
While Dinaz’s body was recovered from the first floor, Bachan Kaur was found lying in a pool of blood in the lobby. Bodies of the deceased couple were found lying on the bed in their room.
It was only at 10.45am that the murder came to light, when another domestic help, Sunita, entered the house. On seeing the bodies, she raised the alarm, following which the neighbours gathered there. Police recovered two more rifles from the safe on the first floor of the house.
Victim family was financially sound
Police chief Aulakh said Mangat was financially sound and the family’s source of income was the rent earned from various properties. He was also addicted to drugs, said Aulakh.
Police have filed inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) at the Sarabha Nagar station, while a forensic team from SAS Nagar has started the probe. Cops have also informed Mangat’s brother and in-laws, who are settled abroad. The post-mortem examination of the deceased will be conducted on Saturday.