Ludhiana murders: Domestic helps recount murderous spree in court

  • Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 31, 2016 13:01 IST
Fingerprint experts at the crime scene in BRS Nagar where a man allegedly shot himself to death after killing three of family. (HT Photo)

A day after BRS Nagar resident Sandeep Singh Mangat allegedly shot himself to death after killing his three family members, the statement of the two maids Pinky and Sunita were recorded in court on Saturday.

Police have started proceedings under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The bodies were sent to the civil hospital for post-mortem on Saturday. Mangat allegedly went on a killing spree before turning the gun on himself. The 15-year-old housemaid Pinky hid in a bathroom during the bloodbath.

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Police recreated the crime scene with the help of the teenager who is the lone eyewitness. She said she came out of her room on Friday after she heard a shot, only to see that Mangat had killed his 16-year-old daughter Dinaz. Hiding inside the bathroom, she heard four more gunshots.

When asked if Mangat was involved in a feud with any family member, the girl said she did not know anything and would go to her room after finishing work.

The other maid Sunita said she reached Mangat’s residence at around 10.45am on Friday. She raised an alarm and alerted neighbours after she found his mother, Bachchan Kaur’s dead body in the lobby. She went inside and found the other three bodies, blood spattered everywhere.

No relative to record statement

Police have also been waiting to record statements of relatives. On Saturday, Mangat’s maternal uncle and aunt visited the Civil Hospital, where the bodies were kept, but returned home.

Balbir Singh, Mangat’s father-in-law is in Cananda with his wife. They are expected back on Sunday. Former Samrala MLA, Jagjivan Singh Khirnia, also visited the crime scene. He is Mangat’s wife, Aman Kaur’s cousin.

Sandeep son from first marriage

Mangat’s stepfather Sukhchain Singh is a retired government employee. This was the second marriage for both Mangat’s mother Bachchan Kaur and Sukhchain. Sandeep is from Bachchan Kaur’s first marriage. Sukhchain has three sons from his first marriage. The eldest is a doctor settled in the US. The other two are dead.

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