The policeman who shot at the wife and son of a Gurgaon judge was "upset and furious" at being denied leave to see his unwell seven-year-old daughter, his relative has said.
Additional Sessions Judge Krishan Kant's wife has died and his son is in a critical state after being shot at by their armed guard Mahipal after coming out of a shopping mall on Saturday evening.
Mahipal's uncle, Daan Singh, claimed that he was not given leave though he told the judge that his daughter needed urgent medical attention.
"On the day of the incident, Mahipal had received repeated calls from his wife asking him to reach home early to take his daughter to a doctor," Daan Singh told reporters at his hometown Rewari.
Mahipal's uncle also claimed he resented the judge's family for "mistreating" him and ordering him to do odd jobs and run errands, though he was on official duty.
Daan Singh said when Mahipal begged for leave, "the judge rebuked him and asked him to take his wife and son for shopping instead."
The judge's wife also allegedly scolded Mahipal when they were going to the market.
When Dhruv (the son), emerging from the mall, asked for the car keys from Mahipal, he shouted at him, took out his service revolver and fired at him. When the judge's wife came to Dhruv's rescue, he fired at her as well," says the First Information Report (FIR).
Mahipal was suffering from depression, his colleagues and seniors claimed.
Admitting that Mahipal's crime cannot be justified, Daan Singh appealed to the police to consider the circumstances.
Daan Singh said Mahipal's wife and children, his ailing mother and brother-in-law, all had been taken away by the police.
"We have the prescription for Mahipal's daughter's illness. It was also shown to the police when they came to his flat at Gurgaon police lines. But they took away all family members to an undisclosed location," he said.
Daan Singh said his nephew was depressed and not expressive, so that "when he was upset, he would cry all alone."
Mahipal had worked as personal security officer to various officials for the last four years. He had been working for the judge for over two years.
Dharna Yadav, a senior Gurgaon police officer, said eight police officers interrogated Mahipal on Monday, but Mahipal did not answer. "He often laughed loudly instead," the senior officer said.
The police have also scrutinised Mahipal's Facebook accounts and one WhatsApp account.