Gurugram: After days of speculation over the motive behind the killing of the wife and son of an additional district and sessions judge by his personal security officer (PSO) at a busy market last Saturday, police have termed the incident as a “cold-blooded murder”. According to The Indian Express, the police also said the crime was done in the spur of the moment when the mother-son duo chided the accused for not being near the car when they returned after shopping. (Also read: Guard Kicked, Abused Judge’s Wife Several Times After Shooting Her) Also Read - Muslim Woman on Becoming First Hijab-Wearing Judge in UK: 'Make Sure The Sound of Diversity is Heard Loud And Clear'
“They had asked Head Constable Mahipal to wait near the car while they went shopping but, when they returned, he was not there. After they managed to track him down, they scolded him and the son asked him for the car keys,” said DCP (Crime) Sumit Kumar while addressing the press on Wednesday. Also Read - Chilling Murder! After Failed Attempt With Russell's Viper, Kerala Man Hires Cobra to Kill Wife; Arrested
“Mahipal got into a fight with Dhruv, the judge’s son. When his mother tried to intervene, Mahipal shot her before turning his weapon on Dhruv,” he said. Also Read - Rajasthan News: Shocking! Mentally Disabled Minor Gangraped, Strangulated to Death by Brother, 3 Friends
It took barely five minutes for the drama to unfold at Unitech Arcadia, a market in Gurgaon’s Sector 49. Videos recorded by bystanders show the accused trying to lug Dhruv’s body into the car but failing to do so, he abandons his plan and flees. Police said Mahipal apparently wanted to eliminate evidence by removing the body. “The shooting was not pre-planned, but was a case of cold-blooded murder,” DCP Kumar said.
Police also dismissed rumours surrounding the accused of being ill-treated by the judge or his relatives and also the reports that he had apparently converted to Christianity. “Our investigation so far has not indicated anything about Mahipal having converted to Christianity or being a follower of any religious leader in a context that may have something to do with this incident. The accused has also not made any claims that he was otherwise ill-treated by the judge or his relatives. In fact, he has said he was treated well and the judge treated him like a colleague,” Kumar said.
While the judge’s wife, Ritu, 37, succumbed to her injuries on Saturday night, Dhruv is admitted at Medanta – The Medicity in a critical condition. Mahipal was arrested the evening of the incident, near Gwal Pahari on Gurgaon-Faridabad road. The service revolver and the white car he escaped in have been seized.
Police say Mahipal had also called up the judge, Krishan Kant Sharma, after committing the crime, and informed him of the incident. He also informed his wife and a cousin to inform them what he had done. “His four days of police remand come to an end on Thursday, and he will be produced in court. We are yet to decide whether we will seek further remand. The investigation is going on,” said the DCP.