In a shocking incident, a 14-year-old boy studying in Std VIII was killed on Tuesday allegedly by two of his classmates who pumped five bullets into him shortly after the school closed.
In probably the first case of its kind in an Indian school, Abhishek Tyagi, who was walking in the corridor after the classes, was accosted by his classmates over an old grudge.
"Abhishek Tyagi, a class 8 student of Euro International School had picked up a fight with two fellow students a couple of days ago on the school bus. They made up two days ago. But suddenly the two boys in a fit of anger killed Abhishek as he was about to board the bus back home," a senior police official told rediff.com.
One pulled out his father's licensed revolver and allegedly shot Abhishek four times, then handed the gun to his friend who fired another bullet, Gurgaon Police Commissioner Mohinder Lal said.
The 14-year-old, who received four shots in all, including one in the temple and two on his chest from a close range, died on the way to hospital. No one else was injured in the shooting in the school in this prosperous satellite town outside Delhi.
Lal said one of the boys had clandestinely brought his father's revolver to Euro International School, hid it in the toilet and brought it out after classes.
A few days ago, Abhishek had a quarrel with them which was also taken to the principal's office but reconciliation was apparently not effected, he said.
Lal said the two boys have been detained by the police. They are likely to be charged with murder under Juvenile law.
School chairman Satbir Singh said the authorities had not yet been able to talk to the principal and class teacher to learn the details of the incident.
"We have periodical checking but it is not possible to frisk every student as this kind of an incident is unpredictable, he said.
Manoj Tyagi, a friend of Abhishek's father Rajinder Tyagi, told police that the boy had some quarrel with his classmates but the dispute had been resolved.
Police said they would investigate how the revolver was brought to the school and also question the father of the boy who brought the gun to school.
The school management is maintaining its silence on the issue.
Additional Reportage: PTI