A former Indian army personnel, believed to be mentally unstable, allegedly beat six people with an iron bar in the town of Palwal in Haryana, police said.
The defendant, identified as Naresh Dhankhad, 45, suffered an uproar between 2am and 4am on a 2km stretch between Agra Chowk and Camp Colony in the city. He has been arrested.
Police said the killing began in a private hospital, where Dhankhad allegedly attacked one of the attendees and the killing was recorded in a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) in the area.
“We were alerted to the murder around 2:30 a.m. On arrival at the hospital, we found a body lying outside,” said Ashwani Kumar of the Palwal police station.
When the police changed the body to the morgue, they were informed about the murder of another assistant, a woman.
Palwal police superintendent Sulochna Kumari said that as soon as the police received information, they started sending people, who were sleeping or working outside, inside.
Kumari said after the day broke, police personnel located the defendant and was attacked by Dhankhad when they tried to catch him. The injured police personnel were sent to Faridabad for treatment, he said.
The people allegedly killed by Dhankhad have been identified as Anjum of Hathin, Munshi Ram, Sita Ram and Khem Chand of Palwal, Subhash of Firozabad, and a person with mental illness whose credentials were not disclosed.
He did not try to loot anyone and the people he targeted were security guards, beggars or poor people, Kumari said.
Dhankhad, who also suffered injuries, was taken to the civil hospital and then to the BK Hospital in Faridabad.
“He is still unconscious, and we are doing a CT scan,” said Sukhbir Singh, medical director of the institution.
Your psychological evaluation would be carried out.
The deputy superintendent of the police, Abhimanyu Lohan, said prima facie that it appeared that he carried out the killings without a reason.
Dhankhad, a native of the village of Machgar in Faridabad, was employed by the irrigation department after retiring from the army for medical reasons, a police spokesman said.
He lived in the city of Omaxe, a private residential colony, in the municipality of Palwal.
“The defendant did not seem mentally capable and, if he believes there are rumors, he was not on good terms with his family,” said Neterpal Adhana, a resident of the city of Omaxe.
“We’re surprised that someone among us can have such a frightening revelry,” Adhana added.
General Inspector of the Police (Rewari rank) CS Rao visited the city of Palwal to take stock of the situation.
A maximum alert was issued in the city, said a police spokesman.