August 2, 2016 8:52:18 pm
Three days after four members of a family in Ludhiana were found dead at their BRS Nagar residence under mysterious circumstances, the police on Monday concluded it was a triple murder-suicide case. They based their conclusion on forensic probe and statement of 14-year old domestic help Pinky.
Sandeep Singh Mangat, an agriculturist and property dealer, his wife Aman Kaur, mother Bachan Kaur and daughter Dinaz Kaur were found dead Friday. The post-mortem on the bodies by a Ludhiana Civil hospital had initially cast doubt on the police’s theory after it reported injury marks on the bodies “caused by sharp weapons”. Police contested this claim and sent the bodies for re-examination to Faridkot.
“The re-examination report from Faridkot Medical College and Hospital says that all wounds were lacerated ones due to bullet injuries which proved that our hypothesis was correct,” said J S Aulakh, Ludhiana police commissioner.
The CCTV footage from the Mangat residence security system also proved no one entered the house from Thursday night till Friday morning. The forensic team had found gunpowder marks on Sandeep’s hand. “It proved that he fired from both weapons,” said the commissioner.
Forensics found the bloody footprints on floor in Dinaz’s room and around her body were that of Sandeep’s. Adding Pinky’s statement to the Ludhiana court on Saturday, police were able to conclude that it was a triple murder-suicide case.
“There is not even an iota of doubt now. Pinky’s statement totally matched the forensic evidence. We have closed the case with inquest proceedings under section 174 of CrPC filed at Sarabha Nagar police station. Balbir Singh, father of Aman Kaur also confirmed that none of valuables are missing from home. Using two weapons, Mangat first killed his wife, then his daughter and mother before killing self,” said Aulakh.
Aulakh said that he would be taking up the matter with higher authorities on how the Civil Hospital Ludhiana gave a “wrong” post-mortem report. It has also been found that family owned four licensed weapons including a single barrel rifle, double barrel rifle, 0.32 bore revolver and spring field rifle. The revolver and spring field rifle were used in crime.
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