A top city cardiologist was fatally shot in the heart early Wednesday morning by a love-crazed former Army commando, who went to the doctor’s house in central Delhi in full combat gear to ‘rescue’ a 25-year-old maid he had been stalking for a while.
In a bizarre sequence of events, former jawan Dharmendra Tandon, 30, used his commando training to climb up and break into the New Rajinder Nagar house. But the former soldier, who was once posted in Siachen, went to the wrong floor. Not finding his lady love, the drunk soldier came out and started shooting at window panes of the house with his licenced double-barreled rifle.
On hearing the racket, Dr Sanjiv Dhawan, 51, a senior cardiologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, came out on his balcony and was instantly shot around 3.10am. He was declared dead at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
Tandon, who simply walked away after the shooting, was nabbed from Karol Bagh Metro Station around noon, after the cops had laid a trap by getting the maid to call him to the spot, Additional CP (central) Devesh Chandra Srivastava said.
Dhawan lived with his wife and a son on the ground and first floor of the building while another family occupied the second floor. The maid, Sangeeta, who was recently hired by the family, stayed in the basement.
It all began at 10.30pm on Tuesday night when Tandon called up Sangeeta and asked her to leave the job. The petrified maid handed over the phone to Dhawan, who tried to reason with the crazed lover. The conversation lasted around an hour, police said.
Two days ago, Tandon had created a ruckus after landing up at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and asking the doctor to hand over his ‘wife’ to him. The maid told the family she was not married to him and did not want to go with him.
Tandon held when he returned to meet maid
A spurned Tandon, police said, then decided to mount a ‘mission’ to get Sangeeta out of the house. He first downed three bottles of beer and some rum at his house in Wazirabad village near Gurgaon and then geared himself for the operation.
Dressed in his Army fatigues, he put his gun on his shoulder and hung an axe from his waist. Hiring an auto from Gurgaon around 1am, he reached Dhawan’s house at 2.15am and began to look for an opportune moment to strike.
As the guard at the house left the gate for a few minutes, he climbed up the house and reached the %second floor where Tarun Kalra, a chartered accountant, lived with his family, police said.
He broke the glass panel of the balcony with his axe and entered. Kalra, who woke up in the commotion, tried to stop him but Tandon beat him up and searched the floor for Sangeeta. Convinced she wasn’t in the floor, he came down.
Tandon then stood on the road facing the house and %began to scream in rage. Witnesses heard him calling out Sangeeta’s name repeatedly before opening fire, aiming at window panes of the house.
As he reloaded the third bullet into his shotgun, Dr Dhawan and his son, Saarthak, came to the balcony.
Seconds later, Tandon shot the heart specialist in his chest with a bullet piercing his heart. Dhawan lay in a pool of blood as Saarthak screamed for help. The neighbours took Dhawan to hospital but it was too late.
Based on information given by the maid and other witnesses, police formed several teams to nab Tandon. Additional CP Devesh Srivastava and ACP Karol Bagh Raja Ram supervised the operation. Tandon’s house in Gurgaon was raided while a manhunt was launched in the city.
When Tandon proved elusive for several hours, cops laid a trap using Sangeeta. She called him up saying she had fled the house, and wanted him to come and fetch her.
The crazy lover came back to Karol Bagh Metro station for Sangeeta and walked right into the police trap. Cops in plain clothes, who had covered every inch of the station by then, nabbed the accused and took him away. The axe and the licenced double barrel gun were later recovered.
During interrogation and after being confronted with Sangeeta, he broke down and confessed to the crime. He will be produced before a magistrate on Thursday morning, a senior cop said.
-via The Times of India.