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Schoolboys gun down classmate in Gurgaon
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 11
Abhishek Tyagi, a Class VIII student of Euro International School, Gurgaon, was shot dead from a point-blank range by his classmates Vishal and Rakesh (not their real names) due to an old rivalry. The incident took place on the school campus today.

According to eyewitness accounts, when Abhishek was coming down the stairs after the school was over, both boys pulled him back from the crowd of students and shot him on neck and chest. Vishal took out the gun and fired four bullets at Abhishek and then gave the gun to Rakesh to shoot him. Rakesh was unable to fire at Abhishek, so he fired a shot on the ground. After shooting Abhishek, both of hid in their class, from where the school authorities found them and handed them over to the police.

There was panic among the students after the children saw the killing. The school authorities immediately restricted the movement of children and rushed Abhishek to a hospital in a school vehicle.

When The Tribune correspondent talked to both boys, they said Abhishek used to beat up students in the class and tried to act like a don of the class so they killed him. Vishal said Abhishek used to beat up and bully students all the time, so he thought of killing him to end his exploitation (dadagiri).

Asked how he got the pistol, Vishal replied that last night when his father went out for a walk, he opened the lock of the TV trolley, where his father used to keep the gun, and hid it in his room. In the morning, when he came to the school, he told Rakesh about it, who hid the gun in the toilet of the school. In the last period of the school, both of them went to the toilet to get the pistol.

“I have not done anything wrong by killing Abhishek; I did this in front of everybody and I have no fear,” Vishal added. “I did nothing wrong, he deserved this,” he added.

Asked about who made the plan for this killing and how they got the idea of shooting him, Vishal said he just wanted to get rid of him. He thought that only by killing him they would be able to get rid of his “dadagiri”. He said Rakesh was not aware about this plan. He told Rakesh about this only this morning when he came to the school.

One of the police officials present at the site of the incident in the school said the pistol used by the boys was of .32 bore and was loaded with five bullets. He said they also found a coin on which Rakesh shot the bullet, as he was unable to shoot at Abhishek.

Gurgaon police commissioner Mahinder Lal told mediapersons that a few days ago Abhishek and Vishal, who were studying in a same section of the school, had a fight in the class and the matter was brought to the notice of the principal of the school. He said both boys belonged to Gurgaon and their fathers were property dealers.

He said a case would be registered against both boys under the Juvenile Act. Action would also be initiated against the father of Vishal as to why he did not take precautions when he had arms at his residence. It would also be investigated what action had been taken by the school authorities when the report of their fight was brought to the notice of the principal.

A large crowd assembled outside the school after the incident. One of the onlookers, after knowing about the incident, said it was really shocking that such incidents could happen in our country also. He said a similar incident had happened in the USA recently in which a number of students had died.

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