Retired Jet Airways pilot shoots himself dead at Delhi home

HT Correspondent, New Delhi: A 61-year-old former pilot shot himself dead with his licensed revolver at his

east Delhi home on Saturday afternoon. Police did not recover a suicide note from the crime spot.
Before shooting himself in the head, Anand Kumar Singh tried to pump a bullet in his chest but missed, police said. Singh had retired as a pilot with Jet Airways six years ago.
His wife and daughter with whom he reportedly had an argument before the suicide were outside the flat when he killed himself, said police.
Police said it appears that Singh was depressed because of his prolonged illness and loneliness. Singh was suffering from a kidney ailment and had a kidney transplant around six months ago.
His wife Raj Laxmi and younger daughter, Abhilasha, shifted to his elder daughter’s home in Germany around one and a half month ago. They returned from Germany around 1am on Saturday, police said.
Neighbours said the family lived in a two-bedroom flat at the Mavilla Apartments in Mayur Vihar Phase-1 for the past 25 years. Singh had taken voluntary retirement, citing poor health, said police.
Rishipal Singh, deputy commissioner of police (east), said the police was informed around 4pm. A neighbour called the police control room and informed about firing at Singh’s flat. A police team reached the flat and found Singh lying on the floor in his bedroom.
“Singh’s licensed revolver was found lying next to him. Two bullets were fired from the gun,” said the DCP.
A forensic team combed the crime scene and the body was sent to the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Hospital for autopsy. The gun has also been sent for ballistic examination.
A senior police officer said Singh was upset as his wife and daughter had left him to live in Germany. The police spoke to his wife and daughter. Police quoted them as saying that Singh’s deteriorating heath had left him disturbed and aggressive.
Around 4pm, the couple had an argument after which Singh took out his revolver and loaded it. When his wife and daughter went outside, Singh shot himself.
“The first bullet missed the target and hit a wall. Hearing gunfire, the wife and daughter rushed inside. But by the time they reached, Singh had shot himself in the head. They raised an alarm and alerted neighbours,” the officer said.