Azad Yadav, on the run since Tuesday when his son allegedly shot dead his classmate Abhishek Tyagi at a school in Gurgaon, has denied owning the gun that was used in the crime even as police urged the media to help nab him.
Yadav told a private news channel on Friday that the .32 bore US-make revolver belonged to a state official.
The Gurgaon police on Thursday included his name in the first information report (FIR) for handling the firearms casually and negligently. The offence carries a maximum of three-year prison sentence.
However, Gurgaon Police Commissioner Mahender Lal told IANS that they did not know who was the owner of the gun.
"We don't know about the owner of the gun that Yadav's son used for killing Tyagi. We would be able to disclose something only after Yadav's arrest and interrogation," Lal added.
Asked why Yadav could not be arrested when he was talking to mediapersons, Lal said: "We don't know about his whereabouts. If you know about his hiding location, please help police in arresting him."
The firing occurred in the elite Euro International School, which claims to be an institution of international stature, in Sector 45 close to the national capital, well after the school hours.
Tyagi, 14, had just climbed down the stairs to the ground floor to board the schoolbus back home when he was allegedly shot dead by two students. Tyagi lay dead in a pool of blood on the stairs, with two bullets in the chest and one in the forehead.
School authorities soon locked the assailants inside before handing them to the police. They were later sent to a juvenile custody home.
Asked about the security provided to the families of the accused after the Tyagis allegedly vowed to take revenge, Lal said: "Nobody has approached us seeking security."
The victim's family, meanwhile, accused police of inaction.
"Why they (police) are taking so long to arrest Yadav? He should be arrested immediately and charged with murder and criminal conspiracy," said Ravindra Tyagi, father of the boy who fell pray to the bullets.
"We want a speedy investigation," he added.
Meanwhile, after two days of closure, the school reopened even as police prevented television crews from entering its premises.
School chairman Satyavir Yadav said: "Today we registered 65 per cent attendance. Students have come with their parents and all of them were given counselling."
Satyavir Yadav added: "Presence of television media is causing disruption as students are regularly peeping outside the windows to see the movement of television reporters and cameramen."