Man shoots wife, her brother, father and kills himself
NEW DELHI: A
30-year-old man on Wednesday afternoon shot dead his wife, brother-in-law
father-in-law before turning the gun on himself in outer Delhi’s Bakhtawarpur
police, around 1 pm, Sonu (30) who had driven down from his house in Noida,
called his wife Poonam (26) and her brother Tarun (24) and asked them to come
and meet him in Pallagaon, a km away from Poonam’s house. They drove there in
their Maruti Esteem. He shot both of them while they were seated inside the
car, police said.
After that, he
drove over to his wife’s house and gunned down his father-in-law, Gopal Singh,
who was standing on the front porch. He then walked into the house, called out
to his mother-in-law and, unable to find her, shot himself dead with a pistol
and a country-made gun.
“Sonu and Poonam
got married in 2010. They have a two-year-old son. Their relationship began to
sour after Poonam started to frequent her parents’ place against Sonu’s will.
The immediate trigger was Poonam insisting on attending Tarun’s wedding, which
was to take place on June 20. Sonu allowed Poonam to go but kept back their
son,” Poonam’s cousin Manish Singh said.
“Today, Sonu called
Poonam and Tarun saying he had to give them a shopping list for Tarun’s
wedding. He asked them to come to Pallagaon. The siblings drove there and Sonu
shot them in their heads,” Manish said.
police, Sonu pumped three bullets into his father-in-law Gopal who was
instructing cooks about wedding preparations. Sonu then walked into the house
full of guests and called out to his mother-in-law Rajo. When he could not find
her, he shot himself in the head, police said. None of the family members heard
the gunshots as they were busy with the sangeet ceremony, police said.
Police, on being
alerted, reached the spot and rushed Gopal and Sonu to hospital. On being told
that Poonam and Tarun had gone to meet Sonu at Pallagaon, police rushed there
and took those two to the hospital as well.
All four were
declared brought dead at the hospital. A team from the Crime Branch and the
forensics was called in to examine the crime scenes. Besides the two guns, two
knives and a magazine of about 56 bullets were found in Sonu’s car, police
“It appears that
Sonu had planned the murder in advance. He had procured the weapons for the
murder and had come with the intention of killing all his wife’s relatives,” an
“After the murders,
Sonu’s relatives and friends who were in our house fled. I feel his family too
abetted the crime,” Poonam’s brother Bablu alleged.
filter-water supplier, had been pressuring Poonam for a car and money, Poonam’s
relatives said. He was miffed with her family and he had stopped visiting his
wife’s house since the past few months. Poonam, relatives said, pleaded with
her husband to let her attend her brother’s wedding. Sonu let her go on June
“We have registered
a case of murder in Alipur police station and are investigating the matter. We
have also added a Section under the Arms Act. Both the pistol and revolver are
illegal,” the officer said.