Jorhat, Jan. 19: A policeman allegedly shot dead his wife and younger daughter and then turned the trigger on himself at the Jorhat police reserve camp in Borbheta, 6km from here, this afternoon.
Police sources said Pulin Rangfar, 44, a havildar of the 9th platoon of 15 India Reserve Battalion, who was posted at Haflong in Dima Hasao district, allegedly shot dead his wife Anjali Phukan Rangfar, 35, and his younger daughter Juhi, 15, a Class X student, with his service 9mm carbine and then shot himself dead.
The incident occurred between 2.15pm and 2.30pm at the official quarters of his mother-in-law, Rupali Phukan, who is a havildar posted with Jorhat police station. Pulin’s wife and his two daughters, Neha (also called Sumi) and Juhi, had been staying with her.
Deputy inspector-general of police (eastern range) P.C. Saikia, who visited the site, told The Telegraph that preliminary investigations indicated that Pulin went on a killing spree after a quarrel with his wife. He said Pulin had left the camp at Haflong last night without taking leave from or informing his seniors. He had also taken his service weapon with him without “authorisation”.
Sources said Pulin had bitter relations with his wife, which often led to quarrels. Today, too, after reaching his mother-in-law’s residence around noon, he had a heated quarrel with Anjali in the presence of his two daughters. His mother-in-law was not present there then as she was posted at Geetarthi High School traffic point, where she was reportedly imparting training to young traffic volunteers.
Sources said as her parents picked up a quarrel, Neha came out of the quarters and called her grandmother to inform her of the “heated altercation” between her parents. She suddenly heard gunshots and ran back to the house to find the bodies of her parents and sister lying in a pool of blood.
Senior police and district administration officials rushed to the spot. Circle officer (East Jorhat) Ashraful Amin, who conducted a probe, told this correspondent that a suicide note, written in Assamese, had been found on Pulin. In the brief note, Pulin took responsibility for the killings. He mentioned that he had kept some money with his mother-in-law, which should be used for their last rites. A sum of Rs 7,000 was recovered from his pocket.
A police official said it could not be ascertained immediately whether Pulin had written the note earlier or after killing his wife and daughter, as Neha and the neighbours had heard almost simultaneous gunshots. Whet-her the killings were pre-planned or not would be known only after investigations, he added. The DIG said Pulin had also tried to kill himself at Court Field here in 1997, claiming that the senior police official he was personal security officer to had mistreated him.