Suspecting infidelity, a retired constable of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) allegedly shot dead his wife and two minor children and later attempted suicide, in Hirasar village of Surendranagar district in the wee hours of Monday.
The Chotila police said that Bhupat Nakia (50), a CRPF constable who had taken voluntary retirement around two years ago, went on the killing spree past midnight at his residence in Hirasar village in Chotila taluka of Surendranagar. He first murdered his two children Simran (12) and son Nitin (10) by shooting them in head from point blank range from his licensed .32 revolver, while they were asleep on the terrace of their home at around 12:30 am. The police said that the children died on the spot.
Hearing the gunshots, his wife Daya (46) who was sleeping beside the children woke up and tried to wrestle away the weapon from Nakia. However, the former trooper shot his wife thrice in torso and once in head, killing the woman on the spot as well.
Later, Nakia tried to commit suicide by hitting himself with an axe on head. But neighbours prevented him and rushed him to a hospital in Chotila. From there, he was later referred to PDU General Hospital in Rajkot, where his condition was reported to be out of danger.
“The man was sleeping downstairs while his wife and children were asleep on the terrace of their home. All of a sudden, he went on the terrace and shot dead the mother and children. Nakia’s cousin brother Jivraj says that the former constable suspected that his wife was unfaithful to him and therefore he killed her and the children,” Chotial police sub-inspector Pratapsinh Gohil told The Indian Express.
The Police have recovered the revolver and axe from the crime scene.
“While the mother and children were killed on the spot, the man is undergoing treatment at civil hospital in Rajkot and he is out of danger,” Gohil further said.
However, Nakia’s elder son Chiranjeevi (14) survived as he studies at a residential school in Kuvadva village of Rajkot and therefore was not at home at the time of the shooting event.
The police further said that after taking VRS from the paramilitary force, Nakia was cultivating his agricultural field in his village for a living.
On the basis of a complaint filed by Jivraj, Chotila police have booked Nakia for murder and under Arms Act and started further investigation.