Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawan Chandra Shekar (24), accused of killing his senior officer and injuring a colleague in Friday’s shooting spree at the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) academy, Mussoorie, gave himself up on Sunday here after being spotted.
He belongs to Kangra district in Himachal Pardesh and was arrested from a Sector 36 park here under Sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Dehradun police, later, arrived to secure his transit remand from the Sector 43 district court after the Chandigarh cops presented him there.
His attempt to flee at the sight of a police patrol at the park in the morning had raised doubt. When the cops caught him, he broke down and told them from he had been on the run and why. “He told us that his senior officer’s offensive words against his mother a day before the crime had provoked him,” said a police officer.
Reportedly with a light machine gun, he killed sub-inspector Surendra Lal (50) and shot at a few other members of the academy’s ITBP security team standing by, injuring constable Mohammed Alam. From Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, he ran away carrying an assault rifle and 70 rounds of ammunition, took refuge in the Mussoorie forest for a while, and then escaped to Chandigarh, a place he was familiar with since his training days at Bhanu in the nearby Haryana district of Panchkula.
The Friday morning incident was reported by evening that day.