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Shooting shadow on Gurgaon
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 12
The yesterday’s shooting incident at Gurgaon, in which a class VIII student shot dead his classmate, has not only shocked his parents but has also raised a big question mark for other parents who had shifted or were planning to shift to this millennium city for the bright future of their kin.

They are in a fix whether it will be suitable to shift to a city where the incidents of the developed countries have been repeated.

One of the villagers of Bamdoli village, Vishal’s (name changed) native place, who killed Abhishek, said Vishal’s father Azad Yadav shifted to Gurgaon from Bamdoli three years back by selling all his property to give better environment and education to his children. No one in the village could believe that an innocent boy like Vishal could kill anybody.

Abhishek belonged to a well-known family of Bhadshahpur and was the only son of his parents.

Abhishek’s mother Rita, who was suffering from high fever, went into delirium, after hearing the news of her son’s death. His father, Ravinder Tyagi, had also shifted to Gurgaon this year only and got admitted Abhishek in Euro International School, Gurgaon, and his daughter in SD School for their bright future.

It has become a trend amongst the people of this region to sell their agricultural land and shift to the city so as to provide most modern environment to their children.

But on the other hand, children are losing interest in education thinking that their parents have enough money to cater to their needs.

On an average, more than 30 per cent of the students in the top schools of the city belong to big agriculturist’s families. Parents prefer private schools than government schools of their village for a false social status.

Sarpanch of Bhadshahpur Subhash Tyagi said the usage of arms by youngsters was on the rise in the villages but yesterday’s incident had sent a shock wave in the whole of village. He revealed that most of the businessmen in the village had licensed arms for the sake of status.

Another villager said more than 10 per cent residents of Bhadshahpur own firearms. The tendency of having licensed arms on one pretext or the other needs to be curbed and the licenses for weapons should be given only in rare cases.

Another resident, Rakesh Sharma, who shifted from Chandigarh with the mindset that his children would get exposure and better education, is also worried after the incident as to how safe his children are in the school campus. He is now planning to return to Chandigarh before the next session starts.

Meanwhile, Gurgaon police commissioner Mahinder Lal stated that a case had been registered against Vishal’s father under the Arms Act and further investigations were on.

He said the families of both the children, who were involved in the incident, have gone underground and were yet to be traced by the police. He said an action would be taken against the school authorities after proper investigation.

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