In a shocking incident from Tamil Nadu's Villupuram district, a man shot his girlfriend and then himself on Wednesday.
According to a report in the Times of India, Kathirvel, 30, an armed reserve constable of the Vellore battalion shot Saraswathi (23), a third-year MBBS student in the wee hours of Wednesday. Kathirvel then shot himself.
The newspaper reports that the couple, who had the blessings of their parents to get married, was discovered lying in a pool of blood by Sekar, Saraswathi's father.
The report adds that the incident took place following an argument between the couple. Saraswathi had come to her native village to celebrate her birthday on Tuesday when Kathirvel visited her in the evening with presents.
Multiple accounts state that the argument was related to Saraswathi's friendship with some of her male classmates whom Kathirvel had an issue with.
According to one report in The New Indian Express, the argument broke out when a classmate about whom the couple had previously fought, called to wish Saraswathi.
Kathirvel, a native of Anthiyur village in Erode district was reportedly serving in the security branch of the Crime Investigation Department in the city and had met Saraswathi in 2015.
â€śAt midnight we celebrated her birthday happily and they were talking alone in the room. Hearing the gunshots I rushed to the room and found them lying dead in a pool of blood,â€ť Saraswathiâ€™s father reportedly told media persons.
The aggrieved father also told media persons that Saraswathi has dreamt of being a doctor since childhood and had wanted to serve the poor.
According to one report in the Hindustan Times, the Kanjanur police have sent the bodies of the two to the Government Villupuram Medical College for a post-mortem examination
The Villupuram police are investigating if Kathirvel, who reportedly shot Saraswathi twice in the chest, had acted on impulse or if it was a case of premeditated murder.