Delhi doctor's killer: skilled marksman turned obsessive lover
When a skilled marksman, suddenly devoid of a career, met a young divorcee at a crowded platform at the New Delhi Railway Station two years ago — it was love at first sight. Dharmendra Tandon left the army after suffering a knee injury in 2010.delhi Updated: Sep 20, 2012 10:25 IST
When a skilled marksman, suddenly devoid of a career, met a young divorcee at a crowded platform at the New Delhi Railway Station two years ago — it was love at first sight.
This, however, was before his obsession for her plunged their new-found relationship into the abyss of physical and emotional abuse.
"Dharmendra Kumar Tandon and Sangeeta Kaur were both starting out life afresh when they bumped into each other a year and a half ago. Tandon has served the Indian Army at the most difficult terrain in the north before a knee injury made him redundant, and Sangeeta had just separated from her husband," said a police officer.
Having exchanged contact details at the end of their first rendezvous, the ex-army man from Bilaspur and the divorced woman from Kanpur — found emotional support in each other before deciding to move-in together as husband and wife.
Soon, Tandon's army background, and more importantly his licence to bear arms, helped him get a job as a security guard at the Palm Springs in Gurgaon.
Tandon had joined the army in the year 2000 and served across not just Jammu and Kashmir but also at the Siachen Valley over ten years before an injury to his knee in early 2010 made him redundant on the battlefield.
"Soon after, according to Sangeeta, he started getting abusive," an officer said. "Since there was no formal relationship between them — a reason for which was Tandon's reluctance to wash his hands off his wife and three children back home, Sangeeta started staying away from him."
Having tasted 'defeat' recently, Tandon's love for Sangeeta devolved into an obsession, police said. "He seemingly lost his emotional bearings and started stalking her. As Sangeeta realised what he was up to, she started changing her place of employment more frequently — but Tandon just didn't give up," the officer said. "Tandon then started hating the people who employed Sangeeta and started landing up at their homes introducing himself as her husband. On one such campaign, he reached a house in Sarita Vihar where he assaulted her employer and was jailed for 16 days," the officer said.
Sangeeta had to call him to the Karol Bagh metro station, acting on the instructions of the police, to get him caught.
"He was rushing towards her when he realised the reason behind the heavy police deployment there. He didn't take his eyes off her even as we took him in custody. When asked his name, he saluted and introduced himself — but didn't take his eyes off Sangeeta," the officer added.