Avtar Singh Kills Wife and Two Kids, Ages 3 and 15, Wounds Teenage Son, in Apparent Triple Murder-Suicide in Selma

Avtar Singh Kills Wife and Two Kids, Ages 3 and 15, Wounds Teenage Son, in Apparent Triple Murder-Suicide in Selma (Fresno Bee)

SELMA TRIPLE MURDER-SUICIDE: Avtar Singh fatally shot his wife, two children ages three and fifteen, in an apparent triple murder-suicide in Selma, Calif. A teenage boy was shot but is listed in critical condition at a local hospital. Police were reportedly called to Avtar Singh’s home for a domestic violence incident. In his native India, Avtar Singh, a military veteran, was wanted for murder but was never turned over to law enforcement. Once a murderer, always a murderer. Could someone please tell me how Avtar Singh got a visa to come to America with a crime hanging over his head?

 Avtar Singh, 47, called Selma police about 6:15 a.m. and said he had killed his family and was going to kill himself, Mims said. Selma police called the sheriff’s office to assist because they were aware that Singh had military experience in India, his native country.

Last year, The Bee ran a story about Singh being sought for extradition to India for the alleged 1996 kidnapping and murder of a Kashmiri human rights lawyer. Singh, who was a major in the Indian army in the 1990s, fled India after he was accused of killing Jaleel Andrabi in the Kashmiri city of 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 gouged out. 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, Mims said. He said he “could not live like this,” Mims said. Source

This is the third case of murder-suicide we have covered in the last 24 hours. There is something very wrong going on in the minds of these men, sometimes times women, who think they have a right to kill their significant others and kids. There is no amount of financial hardship that should force anyone to commit such unspeakable acts of violence. The reality is that domestic violence often escalates and can culminate in an apparent murder-suicide. It cuts across socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Avtar Singh, who owned Jay Truck Lines, was arrested in February 2011 on a domestic violence charge against his wife. He was freed after posting bail and allowed to go back into the same home with his wife. This triple murder-suicide was bound to happen.