In a new twist to the killings of four members of a family here on Friday, the post-mortem reports suggest to a bigger conspiracy to eliminate the family. Prima facie, it was concluded that 45-year-old Sandeep Singh Mangat of I-Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here shot dead his wife Aman Kaur (42), daughter Dinaaj Kaur (15) and mother Bachan Kaur (70) with his licensed rifle.
As per the post-mortem report, Mangat’s body bore seven cuts and doctors suspect that bullets could have been pumped into him after his death.
Besides the bullet injuries, the bodies of Aman and Dinaaj too had cut marks. The bullets retrieved from their (Aman and Dinaaj) bodies are different from the ones found in those of Mangat and his mother Bachan.
Initially, the police were of the belief that Mangat killed his family members in a fit of rage following some unfavourable verdicts in property cases, but on Saturday, the police found that all cases were in his favour. Verdict in some cases is under revision.
Police said though Mangat was short-tempered and addicted to drugs, but what prompted him to go on a ‘killing spree’ was unclear. On Saturday, the police visited suspect’s ancestral village (Mangat). He owned about eight acres in the village, but had sold the land years ago.
Deputy commissioner of police Dharuman Nimbale said the case had not been closed. “The police will examine the post-mortem report and will act accordingly.” He said police have found shells of .32-bore and .315-bore from the crime spots, pointing that two guns were used.
Mangat perceived threat to life?
Before shifting to Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Mangat used to live on Tajpur Road. Police said he perceived threat to his life and had hired private security guards and procured arms licence for self defence. Police said Mangat had three guns. Neighbours said the family didn’t mingle much.
Harinder Singh of Dugri, who is a family friend of Mangat’s in-laws said, Aman Kaur was like a sister to him. He said things will be clear after the arrival of Aman’s parents, who were on way from Canada.
Harinder said police had no arrangement to take the bodies to hospitals.
“I had to send the bodies to the civil hospital. The body of Sandeep was sent to civil hospital at about 8pm on Friday evening, 15 hours after his death. At the civil hospital, the employees demanded `1,000 from me to take the bodies for X-ray to another building 150 yards from the mortuary.”