NEW YORK - A former Indian army major, who was involved in the 1996 killing of a human rights lawyer in occupied Kashmir, on Saturday killed his wife and two of their children and critically injured another of their children before taking his own life, according to US media reports.
Aware that Singh had military experience in India, police went with a commando unit, which entered his home and found the bodies of Singh, a woman believed to be his wife and two children, ages 3 and 15, the paper said. All four appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.
A 17-year-old boy also found in the home was suffering from severe head trauma and was "barely alive," the report said. The teen was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery. His condition wasn't known.
Singh fled to the United States after he was accused of killing lawyer Jaleel Andrabi in Srinagar.
Andrabi disappeared in March 1996 at the height of an anti-India uprising, and his body was recovered 19 days later in a local river. He had been shot in the head, and his eyes were gouged out.
About a year ago, Selma police were called to the home to investigate a domestic violence incident. At the time, law enforcement officials discovered that Singh had a murder warrant from India.
However at some point, Indian officials chose not to try to extradite him, The Bee said, and police had no cause to hold him.
Last year, the newspaper ran a story about Singh being sought for extradition to India for Andrabi's murder.
Selma police last had contact with Singh about two months ago when he called to complain that the media would not leave him alone because of the murder warrant. He said he "could not live like this."