The son of a former clerk of DAV College here shot dead the college superintendent, Raj Kumar Bhalla (56), with a revolver on the campus on Tuesday, and then surrendered before the principal, saying that he had “avenged the humiliation of his mother”.
“I have accomplished my task,” said Rohit Mehta (33), a former police constable, placing his weapon in front of principal Neerja Dhingra, who was taking a staff meeting in the college auditorium a few yards from her office. “I was in the meeting when someone started knocking at the door frantically. Then suddenly this man (Mehta) entered and dashed towards me. He put his revolver on my table and said that he was surrendering,” said Dhingra. “I was baffled. I rushed to my office and informed the management.” The police later arrested Mehta, who waited calmly for them.
Mehta’s mother Meena Mehta had been forced to take voluntary retirement in 2013 over embezzlement charges. His father, the late Rajinder Pal Mehta, had been a secretary of the college’s management committee. The family believed that Meena had been framed as her husband had exposed corruption in the committee. College management president Dr Anoop Kumar refused to go into details: “The matter was settled long back, so I do not want to repeat anything.”
Sources said Rohit Mehta was a Punjab police constable but resigned in 2008.
After the sadar police arrived and arrested him, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajjit Singh and SP (city) Naresh Dogra visited the college and talked to the staff and students, but all of them claimed to have not witnessed the incident. The victim received several bullets. “We cannot confirm the number of bullets before we get the post-mortem report,” said Dogra. He said Mehta had come on foot and the weapon he used was licensed.