Wife pays for gangster’s sins, shot dead in broad daylight

Three assailants gunned down the wife of notorious gangster Ashok Rathi in Alipur village on the outskirts of Gurugram on Friday morning. The attackers drove down in a Hyundai Santro and opened fire at Sushma Rathi (26) while she was on her way home after droping off her six-year-old daughter at the school bus stop around 8 am.

gangsterThe local police suspect that the plan may have been hatched because her husband is serving life-term at the district jail at present.

The vehicle used in the crime was found abandoned in Dhatir village under the jurisdiction of the neighbouring Palwal district. The accused had allegedly set it on fire.

“The attackers had a clear idea about her whereabouts and movements and they opened fire indiscriminately as soon as she rode off on her scooter after her daughter boarded the school bus. Her daughter studies in GD Goenka school,” said Deepak Shaharan, DCP east of Gurugram Police. “She received gunshot injuries on her head, chest and abdomen and died instantly on the spot,” he added.

Her husband, Ashok Rathi, was charged with as many as 26 cases of murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, loot and kidnapping under different police stations across Haryana and Mathura.

He has been serving life-term for the murder of his mother-in-law and brother-in-law. He had also threatened his wife of dire consequences from jail around three months ago. The victim had reported the incident to the concerned Bhondsi police station.

“Investigations are underway and we are considering all possible angles including the threat made by her husband from jail,” the DCP said.

Local police have registered an FIR under relevant IPC sections of murder and criminal conspiracy against three unknown assailants in Bhondsi police station. The accused are at large now.

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