Gurugram judge’s wife dies hours after being shot at by security guard

Condition of Judge Krishan Kant’s teenage son remains critical

The wife of Gurugram’s Additional District and Sessions Judge, who along with her teenage son was shot at by their Personal Security Officer (PSO), succumbed to her injuries late on Saturday night. The mother-son duo had gone for shopping on October 13 afternoon when the PSO shot at them from point-blank range.

Police Commissioner K.K. Rao confirmed that Ritu Kant, 37, died on Saturday around 10:30 p.m. at Medanta Hospital. She was hit in the abdomen and chest. The bullet injury in the chest had punctured her lung leading to clotting of blood. Her son Dhruv, who was hit twice in the head and once in the shoulder, continues to be critical.

Judge Krishan Kant’s wife Ritu Kant and teenage son Dhruv were getting into their car after shopping at Arcadia Market in South City-II in Gurugram around 3:30 p.m. when PSO Mahipal shot at them.

Bhupinder, a real estate agent and an eyewitness to the incident, said he rushed out of his office on hearing two gunshots and found the security guard engaged in a scuffle with the teenager. “He shot the boy while a large number of people was watching him and video recording the incident on their mobile phones,” said Mr. Bhupinder.

The two were taken to Park Hospital in an autorickshaw by passers-by. They were later referred to the Medanta Hospital. Both were operated upon late in the evening on October 13.

Judge Kant, who is the complainant in the case, said in the first information report (FIR) that Mahipal got agitated when his son Dhruv asked him for the keys to the car after he, along with his mother, returned from the shopping. Mahipal then rushed towards my wife and son without any provocation and shot at them, Mr. Kant said in the FIR. He claimed that the sequence of events was as told to him by his wife at the hospital.

The security guard was arrested on the Gurugram-Faridabad Road two hours later.

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