A 27-year-old man in Punjab’s Moga district allegedly killed five members of his family and shot at another before committing suicide, allegedly because they had been pressuring him to get married but he didn’t want to tie the knot, police said Saturday.
The incident took place in intervening night of Friday and Saturday, at about 12.30am, at village Nathuwala Garbi under Baghapurana police station. He left behind a 19 page note.
Sandeep Singh alias Sunny allegedly shot dead his father Manjeet Singh (55), mother Binder Kaur (50), grandmother Gurdeep Kaur (70), sister Amanjot Kaur (33) and three-year-old niece Maneet Kaur with a .32 bore revolver he had stolen from a relative. He also fired at his grandfather Gurcharan Singh (80), police said, adding he shot himself dead using the same weapon at their residence.
Sandeep’s family members had fixed a date for his wedding in December. He was against the marriage and used to get into fights with the family members nearly everyday, his grandfather told the police.
Moga SP (Investigation) Harinderpal Singh told The Sunday Express that Sandeep acted normal hours before he went on the killing spree. On Friday, he even brought home his sister and niece from Ferozepur. “He also spoke to his fiancée,” the SP said.
“In the note, Sandeep made it clear that he did not want to get married. He wrote that he had started consuming liquor so that his marriage could be called off. He wrote that he was mentally depressed and only he should be held responsible for what he was going to do. He also mentions that he had sold off a chunk of land and a baba (sorcerer) who used to live there had cursed the entire family,” the SP said.
He has also mentioned that he stole the revolver from one of his relatives in Araian village, the SP said adding, “it is unclear when exactly he wrote the note that was found from his room where he shot himself”.
The handwritten papers will be considered as “a confession-cum-suicide note,” the SP added.
Police sources, meanwhile, said that he also apologized to his fiancée in the note saying that he didn’t want to spoil her life.
His grandfather told police that he was in a room outside their home while the entire family was sleeping inside. Suddenly, around 12.30 am, Sandeep came there with a revolver in his hand and said, “Andar taan main saara kaam muka aaya, hun teri vaari hai (I have finished task inside, now it is your turn)”, a police official said quoting the grandfather.
“He had already killed the other family members before reaching the outer hut to kill his grandfather. However, the bullet brushed against the elderly man’s face and he collapsed on floor. Taking him to be dead, Sandeep rushed to his own room on first floor and shot himself in right side of head. After gaining consciousness, the grandfather called the sarpanch and other villagers who took him to hospital and informed the police,” the SP said.
He said all other victims had received a bullet injury each. “Exact injury details will be clear from autopsy reports but the whole drama seems to be have been executed in just about 3-4 minutes”.
The grandfather, who was taken to Faridkot Medical College and Hospital, is now stable.
Another sister of Sandeep lives in Canada. Police said she has been informed. The bodies have been kept at Moga Civil Hospital.
Based on his grandfather’s statement, an FIR has been registered against Sandeep under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC and relevant sections of Arms Act at Baghapurana police station.
Sandeep and his family were financially well-off and owned 22 kilas of land in the village. They were agriculturists and own a palatial home where incident took place.
“There were no financial issues,” said SP.