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Gurugram shooting: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar expresses grief, asks for counselling of guards deployed for VIP duty

Additional Sessions Judge Krishan Kant's wife Ritu (45) and son Dhruv (18) had gone for shopping in Gurugram's crowded market, the Arcadia market, on Saturday when they were shot at.

Gurugram shooting: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar expresses grief, asks for counselling of guards deployed for VIP duty

A day after the Gurugram incident, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday expressed his grief over the shooting of the wife and son of a judge.

Additional Sessions Judge Krishan Kant's wife Ritu (45) and son Dhruv (18) had gone for shopping in Gurugram's crowded market, the Arcadia market, on Saturday when they were shot at by the judge's personal security guard, Mahipal. They were admitted to a hospital in a critical condition but the wife succumbed to her injuries on Sunday.

Taking action on the face of the situation, CM Khattar called the Home Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) and gave instructions to them to introduce counselling of the jawans deployed for the security of the VIPs. 

After the death of Ritu, Regional Medical Officer, Gurgaon Civil Hospital, Pawan Choudhary confirmed her death and said the post-mortem examination had been conducted. Her son continued to be critical, he added. Mahipal was brought to a Gurgaon court at 1 p.M. Which sent him to four-day police custody.

Gurgaon police had sought a week's custody for extensive interrogation of Mahipal to establish the reason why he killed Ritu and shot at Dhruv. "Mahipal is frequently changing his statements and becomes furious whenever he is questioned. He said he was depressed on account of his personal, family problem," said a senior police officer who is part of the interrogation team.

Police said the shooting happened around 3.30 pm on Saturday. A police official said Ritu had suffered a bullet injury in her chest, while Dhruv in his head.

After initial interrogation of the accused, police officers said he was a Haryana police head constable and was serving as the personal security guard of the judge for the past two years. He had been demanding leave to go home for the past a few days but this was not granted. This might have led to him suffering from depression, the officers said. "The judge also used to scold him often," one of the interrogating officers said.

On Saturday, the judge's wife scolded him inside the car when they were going to the market, the officer said. "He had a grudge against the judge."
In video footage of the incident recorded by a witness, Mahipal is seen with the gun in his hand. He was also seen trying to push Dhruv inside the car as he laid listless on the road.