PU firing: Cops still to make arrests

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 11, 2014 12:30 IST

The UT police are yet to nab Karan Sharma and at least six of his accomplices who had opened fire at Panjab University (PU) on Friday afternoon. One student was injured in the daring attack by outsiders, which has even prompted the university to hasten the process to hire more security guards.

Sources in the police said Sharma had used a licensed pistol borrowed from one of the co-accused, and fired four gunshots towards MA-history student Surjeet Singh, who had alle gedly been harassing his sister. But Surjeet, a hosteller, escaped unhurt, while his friend, Bakshish Singh, received minor injuries. An empty shell was also recovered from the spot. Having registered a case of attempt to murder, under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code, the police have raided Sharma’s house in Sector 41 three times, but got no success.

“In her statement, the mother of the accused (Sharma) claimed that Surjeet was harassing her daughter, who is also a PU student, and that had prompted him ‘to teach Surjeet a lesson’,” said deputy superintendent of police (DSP), central Ashish Kapoor. Surjeet has alleged that Sharma had been threatening him for four days before the attack.

Surjeet, a native of Fazilka in Punjab, had detailed in his complaint that he and his friends were going to take lunch at the hostel number-2 canteen when the group of youths attacked.

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