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Sikh man held for shooting dead son’s in-laws in US

Darshan Singh Dhanjan, 65, shot dead Ravinderpal Singh, 59, and Rajbir Kaur, 59, following a family dispute on Sunday. Police are still trying to figure out what caused a rift between Dhanjan and the couple.

punjab Updated: Sep 12, 2018 09:10 IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
California’s Fresno,United States,NRI
Darshan Singh Dhanjan(HT PHOTO)

A Sikh man has been arrested for killing his son’s in-laws in California’s Fresno, United States.

Darshan Singh Dhanjan, 65, shot dead Ravinderpal Singh, 59, and Rajbir Kaur, 59, following a family dispute on Sunday, FOX 26 reported. The police have also procured the video recording of the act.

“Both the husband and wife were seated on recliners when they were shot. Ravinderpal still had the remote control in his hand when he was murdered,” Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer was quoted as saying.

Police were called on Sunday afternoon to East Tower Avenue near Orangewood Drive. One of the 911 calls came from the couple’s daughter, Jaldeep Kaur, who had barricaded herself in an upstairs bedroom with her four-year-old daughter after seeing the unthinkable, ABC 30 reported.

The victims and the accused used to live in the same house. Dhanjan son was working at the time of the incident.

“The couple’s daughter heard gunshots coming from downstairs. She immediately came downstairs and saw her husband’s dad standing with a gun in his hand,” Dyer was quoted by FOX 26 as saying.

According to police, the accused threatened her before calling a relative who also called 911. “She immediately came down the stairs and saw her husband’s dad standing with a gun in his hand. She began to scream, the suspect pointed gun at her and said he would kill her as well,” FOX 26 quoted Dyer as saying.

Around the same time, Dhanjan called his wife and told her what he did. Immediately, the alert was issued and police pulled him over at Central and Temperance, 8km from the crime spot when he was driving his car, said police. Dyer said Dhanjan cooperated, but didn’t say anything. “He had blood on his hands,” Dyer was quoted as saying.

Dhanjan will be booked into the Fresno County jail on two counts of murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon “for pointing the gun at his daughter-in-law,” Dyer said.

Police are still trying to figure out what caused a rift between Dhanjan and the couple.

First Published: Sep 11, 2018 21:19 IST