An 11th grader of a prominent Ghaziabad school smuggled a gun into the campus on Wednesday and shot a classmate during lunch break over an altercation.
The victim, a student of Dehradun Public School (DDPS) at Govindpuram, was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his waist and is said to be out of danger.
According to police, the incident was a consequence of a feud between the victim and the brother of the boy who shot him.
The father of the victim said the shooter and three of his friends first attacked his son with belts at 11:25am before opening fire with a country-made pistol.
“Teachers and school administration officials arrived and saved my son. They caught hold of the student who opened fire and handed him over to police with the weapon,” said Vinod Bhati, the victim’s father, in his police complaint.
The police have taken custody of the boy — a minor — and have filed a case of attempted murder.
“There was only a single bullet fired from the weapon and the used cartridge was also recovered from the scene of crime inside the class. We have also recovered the weapon and will question the parents of the boy as to how they procured it,” a police officer from Kavi Nagar police station said.
Other students who accompanied the shooter have also been named in the police complaint and they too are from the 11th grade.
Three students belong to Sikrod in Masuri, Ghaziabad while the fourth is from Dasna Gate.
The victim hails from a village in Dadri, Greater Noida.