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Ludhiana businessman ‘shoots’ self, family; was to migrate to Canada soon

The businessman’s daughter Bishman is the lone survivor and is battling for life at DMCH, while the remaining 3 family members have died of bullet injuries.

punjab Updated: Jun 08, 2017 20:37 IST
HT Correspondent
Jagmeet Pal Khurana allegedly killed himself and shot his wife and children at their house in Model Town Extension, Ludhiana, on Thursday.
Jagmeet Pal Khurana allegedly killed himself and shot his wife and children at their house in Model Town Extension, Ludhiana, on Thursday. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

An iron merchant, Jagmeet Pal Khurana, 40, his wife Jasmeet Kaur, 38, son Jashandeep Singh, 18, and daughter Bisman Kaur, 15, were shot at their house in Ludhiana’s posh Model Town locality on Wednesday night.

Preliminary investigation showed that it was a case of the merchant shooting his family before killing himself with a revolver. Police said a case was registered under Section 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC.

The family stayed on the first floor of house number 55-56 in B block of Model Town Extension.

The merchant shot his wife and son before shooting his daughter and then killing himself, a spot examination by the police revealed.

Bisman is the lone survivor and is admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), while the remaining three family members died of bullet injuries.

At 8.30am, Dharminder, who used to wash cars owned by the Khuranas, came to the house and went to the first floor to get the keys of the vehicle. He found the door bolted from inside and there was no response to his repeated knocking.

Jagmeet Pal Khurana (HT Photo)

He returned and asked the businessman’s mother, Mohinder Kaur, who stays on the ground floor, about the family. The mother expressed surprise that her son and other family members were still asleep.

By that time, their driver Desraj also came to the house and knocked on the door. Dharminder and Desraj peeped into the house and found Bisman on the floor in the lobby with blood splattered around. The police were called and the door was broken open. Bisman was rushed to DMCH, where she is in a serious condition.

The bodies of Jagmeet’s wife, Jasmeet Kaur, son Jashandeep were found in one room on the first floor, while the merchant’s body was found in the adjoining room with the revolver.

The bullet hit the head of the merchant, his wife and son in the forehead. Bisman was shot near the neck and stomach. The exact number of bullets fired will be revealed after the post-mortem, police said.

Jagmeet was suffering losses in business and was mentally disturbed about the looming financial crisis. His mother Mohinder Kaur told the police that her son confided in her only last night when he said he is upset over his losses at work.

Police said the entire family had applied for permanent residency in Canada.

“As the door was locked from inside, it appears that the businessman shot himself after shooting his wife and two children. Only the daughter has survived. However we are registering an FIR and will be investigating all other angles,” said police commissioner RN Dhoke.

PAST INCIDENTS
  • The most affluent city of Punjab, Ludhiana has an ugly side to it as incidents of businessmen committing suicide following a shooting spree are increasingly getting common. Financial crisis is to blame for such murders committed in a fit of rage.
  • August 23, 2016: Fed up with sarcastic remarks of his family over mounting losses, businessman Gurmeet Singh had allegedly murdered his wife when she was asleep with an ice pick at New Shivaji Nagar here and tried to kill his son, too. The boy escaped with an injured shoulder. Gurmeet has told police that he wanted to kill himself after murdering Savinder Kaur (40), but his son, Aashu (18), made him change his mind and agreed to lie that it was the work of three intruders. It failed to fool police and they arrested Gurmeet before booking him for murder.
  • July 29, 2016: Mentally disturbed man shot self in his head with .315 bore rifle in his head after killing his wife, daughter and mother in I-block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, a post locality of city near Guru Nanak International Public School. The police said the man was drug addict and short tempered. He lost property case in the court following which he was disturbed.
  • The dead body of Sandeep Singh (45), who was a landlord, was found in his bedroom besides dead body of his wife Aman Kaur (42). The body of his mother Bachchan Kaur (70) was lying in lobby, while his 16 years old daughter Dinaz Kaur (16) was lying in lobby on first floor of the house.

Khurana was a partner in business with KK Garg, who is president of the Induction Furnace Association of North India. The business ties were suspended two months ago due to reasons best known to the family.

Garg, who was present at the spot, said there were no differences between the two and business ties were severed solely due to professional reasons.

Jagmeet Khurana had also applied for a PR for Canada nearly five months ago and was planning to leave the country along with the family.

Harbhajan Singh Dang a neighbour of Khurana who used to meet him regularly, said he looked depressed. “Jagmeet used to meet me in the evening. He used to remain quiet of late. He told me recently that he had applied for PR and would shift to Canada” said Dang.

Station House Officer of Model Town area, Surinder Chopra said that a pistol of .32 bore was recovered from near the body of Khurana that was used in the incident. “It is a licensed pistol owned by Khurana and used in crime” said Chopra.

He said that the post-mortem will be conducted on Thursday evening. Khurana’s in-laws are based in Patna and scheduled to reach the city.

DAUGHTER CONSCIOUS, DID NOT UTTER A WORD

The lone survivor, daughter Bisman gained consciousness in the hospital in the evening. She was in a state of shock. She did not utter a word and doctors were examining her at the time of filing this report.