A class 12 student in Haryana on Saturday shot dead the school principal because he was reprimanded by her on several occasions leading to his expulsion. Police said that the 18-year-old student fire four rounds of bullets at the principal, Ritu Chhabra, with a .32 bore gun critically injuring her.
47-year-old Chhabra succumbed to her injuries in the hospital, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Desh Raj was quoted by PTI. The boy was later caught by other some parents, who were there for the parents-teachers meeting.
The incident took place between 11:30 am and 12 noon, police said.
Raj added, “After shooting the school principal, the 18-year-old commerce student tried to flee. However, a couple of parents, who were present for the parents-teachers meet in the school premises, caught hold him of with the help of locals.”
The accused, when produced before a judge, said that he was upset because the principal had reprimanded him on few occasions. The cops have found the murder weapon and booked the accused under section 302 of the IPC.
Police officials investigating the case were quoted by IANS as saying that the assailant had come to the school along with a friend on a motorcycle and headed straight for the Principal’s office.
School staff told the police that the student was angered over recent developments in the school which led to his expulsion. The student was rusticated from school about a fortnight ago for poor attendance and for picking up fights, an official was quoted by Hindustan Times. It also reported that police had booked his father too, who may be charged under the arms act.
The student had been rusticated as he had low attendance and used to pick fights with other students. The accused had apparently stolen his father’s .32 revolver to carry out his crime. His father is a financier and a landlord in Yamunagar.