Gurugram shooting: Judge's son declared 'brain dead', police interrogates constable's mother and cousin

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 15, 2018, 09.10 AM(IST)

A screen grab from ANI video showing personal security officer dragging body of the judge's son. Photograph:( ANI )

A judge's wife, who was allegedly shot in a crowded market area in Gurugram by his personal security guard, succumbed to injuries, while their 18-year-old son has been declared "brain dead", PTI reported.

Additional Sessions Judge Krishan Kant's wife Ritu (45) and son Dhruv (18) had gone for shopping in the Arcadia market Saturday when they were shot by Mahipal. They were admitted to a hospital in critical condition.

The reason for Ritu's death was excessive bleeding. A panel of three specialist doctors found two gunshot wounds on the right side and in the middle of the chest.

 Mahipal was later arrested from Faridabad. He was brought to a Gurugram court on Sunday which sent him to four-day police custody.

Today the court detained Mahipal's mother and cousin.

The Gurugram Police had sought a week's custody for extensive interrogation of Mahipal to establish the reason why he shot Ritu and Dhruv.

A Special Investigation Team has also been set up to investigate the case from all angles.

So far no confirmed motive has been revealed behind the shooting. However, reports suggested that he was mistreated by the family.

"Mahipal is frequently changing his statements and becomes furious whenever he is questioned. He said he was depressed due to family problems," PTI quoted a senior police officer, who is part of the interrogation team.

"As per the statement of the accused, he was not happy with the behaviour of the victim's family members. He was also upset due to frequent fights with his wife which was confirmed by his neighbours in police lines," the officer also said.

In video footage of the incident recorded by a witness, the guard Mahipal is seen trying to push the judge's son Dhruv into the car they were in. Mahipal leaves after he fails to do so.

Mahipal was head constable of Haryana police and serving judge for over a year now as his personal security guard.

PTI reported quoting officials,  that he had been demanding leave to go home for the past few days but was denied. This might have led to him suffering from depression. 

"The judge also used to scold him often," PTI reported quoting one of the interrogating officers.

On Saturday also, the judge's wife scolded him inside the car when they were going to the market, the officer also said adding that, "He had a grudge against the judge".