the Indian man turned the gun on himself and fired it.
An Indian man from Ferozepur, Punjab, shot his wife several times and then himself following an argument. Both were taken to the hospital and he died on the way there.
The man was identified as Baljeet Singh, the ASI of the Excise & Taxation department.
He had shot Charanjit Kaur outside her maternal home near Talwandi after a dispute. According to the police, the couple had split up and 48-year-old Baljeet had gone to his in-law’s house in an attempt to resolve things.
After shooting his estranged wife, Baljeet shot himself with his pistol.
The couple was rushed to the hospital, however, Baljeet died on the way there while Charanjit still remains in a critical condition.
Their son Kamaljeet Singh explained that his father was transferred to the Excise Department in Talwindi during April 2019.
Two days before the shooting, Baljeet and Charanjit split up due to a mutual dispute. She went back to her parent’s home.
On Thursday, October 3, 2019, Baljeet had been on duty in Ferozepur. After finishing work, he went straight to his in-law’s house in a bid to resolve the issues between him and his wife.
They spoke in the courtyard while his in-laws remained inside the house.
However, an argument soon broke out between the estranged couple. Kamaljeet told officers that he does not know what the row was about.
The quarrel prompted Baljeet to brandish his pistol and fired it three times into his wife’s chest. After Charanjit collapsed to the ground, the Indian man turned the gun on himself and fired it.
Family members heard the gunshots and rushed outside to find the couple lying on the ground.
Both were rushed to hospital but Baljeet succumbed to his injuries. His wife remains in a critical condition at a hospital in the city of Moga.
After being informed of the incident, officers from Talwandi Police Station arrived at the scene including DSP Satnam Singh and station in-charge Shimla Rani.
Officers investigated the area before speaking to Kamaljeet who had been inside the house when the shooting happened. They recorded his statement.
ASI Narendra Singh explained that the police are still investigating the case.
He added that based on Kamaljeet’s statement, a police case under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against Baljeet Singh.
There have been a number of extreme incidents following an argument between spouses.
In one case, a policeman was arrested after he murdered his three sons following a row with his wife. After committing the killings, he called the police and explained what happened.
It was reported that while constant arguments may have been the reason, a possibility may also be due to work stress that he was under.