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Realtor shoots self accidentally

24 Oct 2008, 1129 hrs IST, TNN

NEW DELHI: Trying to prove to his family that his habit of keeping pistol was not risky, a 45-year-old property dealer is reported to have accidentally shot himself dead on Thursday night. However, cops are not ruling out the possibility of a suicide even as a case of negligence has been registered.

The incident took place in the C-Block of Kabir Nagar near Maujpur in northeast Delhi. While going out for dinner on Thursday night, the victim, Kulbushan Tyagi, asked his wife Sangeeta (42) to hand him over his firearm. But when his wife and son objected to it, he tried to argue that there was nothing scary about a firearm. "Accordingly, he opened the magazine, took out the bullets and locked the firearm. He then pointed the gun at his wife and threatened to shoot her. Satisfied that he had sufficiently scared her, he then trained the gun on his son. He then suddenly placed the firearm near his eardrum and pulled the trigger, unaware that a bullet was still inside. He died instantly,'' said a senior police officer.

The police, though, are not ruling out other possibilities as yet. "We are investigating whether the man was under debt or had any provocation to commit suicide. We have already recorded the initial statement of his wife in this regard,'' said an investigating officer.

According to family members and neighbours of the deceased who did not wish to be named, Tyagi had been living in the area for the past 10 years. "A few days back, Tyagi had promised to take his two children, 15-year-old Reshmi and 12-year-old Rahul (names changed), out for a dinner once he could find some time for the outing from his busy schedule.''

Meanwhile, tension spread in the area after a section of the media reported that the son had allegedly shot at the father. Locals attacked television crew before the elderly brought the situation under control.

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