Karkardooma Metro Station 30-year-old man was upset over a marital discord case,wife had gone to court for a hearing.
His red Maruti Alto,with Deepti written across the rear windscreen,was still parked outside the Karkardooma Metro station,East Delhi,when police reached there after they were informed of a shooting on the station premises on Tuesday.
But the owner of the car,Pawan (30),had fled the crime scene after shooting dead his wife of seven years Deepti (27). Pawan also critically injured Deeptis father,Bhisham Das (58) who suffered two bullet injuries.
Police said Pawan shot Deepti and Das with a double-barrel gun while they were on an escalator inside the station premises. The gun,police said,was recovered from the bushes outside the station.
Police spokesperson said the shooting took place a little after 12 noon when Deepti and Das were on their way home to Chirag Dilli,South Delhi,after attending a hearing at the Karkardooma courts.
According to police,Deepti and Pawan married in 2005 and had daughters. But a few years later,they fell apart and Deepti moved back to her parents home on 2012.
A case under Section 9 of the Hindu Marriage Act is pending in this regard. Pawan did not wish to stay with Deepti. There was a hearing of the case today in Karkardooma court,after which,she was returning to her parental home. Pawan shot at the two with his fathers gun, a police officer said.
Police said Pawan ran up the stairs parallel to the escalator and shot his wife and father-in-law.
Deepti received a bullet in her back. It pierced through her heart and exited from the chest. She died on the spot. Das received two bullet injuries in right shoulder and left thigh. He is at GTB Hospital and has undergone an operation. He suffered excess bleeding and is critical, the officer said.
A security guard who works at the station,Alister,told Newsline that he heard gunshots and rushed towards the building. I work the 12 to 8 pm shift. My duty had just started when the incident happened. I saw the woman and her elderly father fall to the bullets. Blood was oozing out. The accused was wearing white pants and shirt. He ran out of the building,threw his gun in the bushes and escaped.
The concourse of the Metro station is not protected by security mechanisms door frame metal detectors (DFMDs) are not installed at the entry point of the station. DFMDs,metal scanners and CISF personnel are stationed in access area.
Hari Kishan,who runs an eatery opposite the escalator,said they found nothing odd when Pawan entered the station holding a gun. There is an ATM machine inside the premises and armed guards regularly visit the Metro station to replenish the cash. We thought he was one of them. However,he ran upstairs,shot the two persons and escaped, Kishan said.
Police vacated the station premises after the shooting. Metro services at the station resumed after 3 pm. Police said Pawan is a resident of New Usmanpur,East Delhi,and efforts are on to arrest him.