Lucknow bank officer kills wife, daughter; shoots at self, son

Surendra Singh

In a gruesome incident, a Punjab National Bank officer who was undergoing medication for depression shot at his wife, daughter and son before shooting at himself with his licensed revolver at his house in Vikas Nagar police station area in Lucknow on Monday morning.

His wife and daughter later died at the trauma centre of King George Medical University, while the officer and his son were critical and undergoing treatment.

The incident took place at 8 am, when 55-year-old Surendra Singh, a deputy manager with the PNB's Aliganj branch, shot at his wife Aruna (50) and daughter Niharika (27), who were sleeping in the same bedroom from point blank range at their ears, said Additional Superintendent of Police (Trans-Gomti) Ram Bahadur Yadav.

Next, he went inside his 24-year-old son Nishant's bedroom and also shot him at his ear from point blank range. Finally, Singh came out in the drawing room and shot himself in the head, Yadav said.

Nishant, who was conscious, called up his uncle Neeraj Singh, who also lives in Vikas Nagar, for help. Neeraj arrived and called up the ambulance which carried all the four injured to the Trauma Centre, where Aruna was declared brought dead. Niharika too succumbed soon. Singh and Nishant are critical.

At first, the neighbours ignored the sound of firing. It was only after the arrival of police and ambulance that they came to know what had happened inside Singh's two-floor house, mentioned as Agricos' Home on the name plate.

Singh's neighbour Mukesh Jain said Singh's family had been living there for more than 20 years and "they were a good neighbour".

"Singh was suffering from depression as his wife used to have epilepsy fits and his daughter was also not mentally sound. We had a good relationship as he had worked with me at PNB for some time. But we never thought he could do something like this," said a shocked neighbour.

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