On Saturday, A former Indian army officer brutally killed 3 persons in California, including his wife and two children. Wanted in connection with a prior death of a human rights lawyer; Avtar Singh is believed to have committed suicide after shooting the victims to death, inside their California home.
Further, another teenage boy was also attacked by Avtar Singh Saturday but the authorities said the ‘barely alive’ victim may survive. Sheriff’s Fresno County Deputy Chris Curtice conveyed that the 17-year-old may also be Avtar’s son who had to undergo surgery for the severe head trauma he suffered.
At around 6:15 a.m. Saturday, the owner of a Selma-based trucking company, Singh himself called police, telling about his killing four people. Keeping in view Singh’s military background, a SWAT team also accompanied the officers responding to the 911 call. Upon arrival, the SWAT team discovered a woman, two children dead, respectively 15 and 3 years of age.
The team also discovered the body of their suspected killer, Avtar Singh and the cops said all the victims had gunshot wounds to their bodies. Last year, ex-officer Avtar Singh, was taken into the custody in central California, following complaints by his wife that he nearly choked her to death. Hardly a week later, the Selma Police said Indian government wanted Major Avtar Singh be extradited.
They wanted him in connection with Jalil Andrabi’s death in 1996 but somehow; Singh got away with it due to reasons, undisclosed yet. Meanwhile, body of Jalil Andrabi, a human rights lawyer, was discovered from a local river, 19 days after allegedly being picked from his home, by the Indian troops operated in disputed Kashmir region.
Singh along with his soldiers was blamed for Andrabi’s and six other civilians’ brutal deaths. Following the tragic incident on Saturday, Arshad, Andrabi’s devastated brother said that Singh, who was a known murderer; was shielded in the United States. He further blamed three lives could be saved; had this ‘failure of justice, at all levels’ been avoided.