A cardiologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in the national capital
was shot dead here early Wednesday by a former army man who
claimed to be the husband of the doctor's maid, police said. The
accused has been arrested.
Dr. Sanjeev Dhawan, 51, who was working in the hospital for the
past 20 years, was shot at around 2.45 a.m. at his Rajinder Nagar
residence in central Delhi. He died on way to hospital, police
Accused Dharmender Kumar Tandon, 30, a former army gunman working
as a security guard at suburban Gurgaon's Palm String Hotel, was
arrested from Karol Bagh Metro station, police said.
"A gun that was used by the accused and an axe have been recovered
from his possession," said Additional Commissioner of Police
Devesh Chandra Srivastava.
Police said Tandon, who hails from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, loved
the doctor's maid Sangeeta, who had been working at the victim's
house for the last 25 days.
"Tandon wanted Sangeeta to leave the work and live with him but
she refused. A few days ago, he came to the doctor's house and
threatened him to let her go with him. He also threatened Sangeeta,"
"Last night around 10 p.m., Tandon called up the doctor and
threatened him," said Srivastava.
"He consumed alcohol and took an autorickshaw from Gurgaon to the
doctor's house. First he went to the third floor of the house,
where the doctor's tax assistant Tarun Kalra, 40, lives with his
family. He manhandled Kalra," he said.
"The doctor came out of his first-floor room after hearing the
commotion and was shot at by the accused, who fled soon after,"
the officer added.
Sangeeta, who hails from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, told police that
she met Tandon at the New Delhi Railway Station one-and-half years
ago and lived with him at a house in south Delhi's Sarita Vihar.
"After a few months, Tandon allegedly had a fight with the
landlord and injured him critically. In that case, he was sent to
Tihar," said the police officer.
The officer said Sangeeta later broke her relations with Tandon
and took up a maid's job at the doctor's house.
Tandon joined the army in 2000 and left the job in 2010 due to a
medical problem. He told police that he was married and had three
Dhawan is survived by his wife Jyoti Dhawan and two sons - Sarthak,
a law student, and Samarth, a medical student.
Condoling the death of doctor Dhawan, D.S. Rana, chairman, board
of management, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said: "He was a very
social, cheerful and helpful person."