Haryana: Government college lecturer shot dead by student in Sonepat
A lecturer of a Haryana government college was gunned down by a second-year student in front of the victim's minor daughter on Tuesday morning.
This is the third murder inside an educational institute in the state in the last six months.
The deceased, Rajesh Malik, sustained three gunshot injuries in his chest and was taken to a nearby private hospital where he was declared brought dead.
"Preliminary investigation reveals that the accused, identified as Jagmal Singh alias Jagmil, was teasing a female classmate. She reportedly complained to Malik, who told Jagmal to stay away from her. This could be the probable reason of the murder," said Satyendra Kumar Gupta, SSP of Sonepat.
"We have been quizzing the girl to verify facts. The actual reason of the murder will be established only after the arrest of accused." The incident occurred at around 9.30am at Shahid Dalbir Singh Government Degree College in Peepli under Kharkhonda police station in Sonepat district.
The investigating officer of the case said Jagmal parked the vehicle outside the college and walked in. "We learnt during the investigation that Jagmal asked about Malik's location to a peon and after learning that the professor was in the steno room, he quietly went inside and fired five rounds at him. Malik received three gunshot injuries while two missed," said Virender Singh, SHO of Kharkhonda police station.
Hearing the shots, students and faculty members rushed to the spot, but the accused had escaped by then. He managed to slip out of the college amid the chaos. There were over 300 students present in the institute at the time.
The deceased's daughter, who was present in the room, was too shocked to react.
"We have investigated the crime scene along with forensic experts and recovered five dead cartridges. We have also been analysing the CCTV footage of the incident to know what exactly happened in the room and ascertain whether or not any other person helped him. An FIR has been registered under IPC sections of 302 and 34 and a manhunt has been launched," the SHO added.
Principal Ravi Prakash Arya said Malik was associated with the college for two and half years and was teaching English.
"He was soft-spoken. We are in deep shock and are cooperating with the police," Arya said.