A student has been allegedly shot at by his three friends in Noida after he refused to hang out with them, according to the police.
Anuj Gautam, a mechanical engineering student, was shot on the right side of his chest on Tuesday night. He was admitted to a nearby hospital, where his condition is reportedly critical.
Three accused in the shooting belong to Gautam's hometown, Aligarh, and the four have been schoolmates.
"Gautam was reportedly bullied by the three constantly and had begun to distance himself from them," said a police official.
The three friends had resented this and allegedly shot at Gautam after an argument late Tuesday night.
The police have registered a case of attempt to murder and have sent a search team to Aligarh to trace the trio.
"It's really unfortunate. This is the second such incident in the last 15 days. I think the education system is only responsible for this. We are not able to provide moral education to our kids and the result is in front of us," said Gita Kumar, a counsellor.
Recently, a Class VIII student of a Gurgaon international school was shot dead when two of his classmates pumped three bullets into him over some personal dispute, in a shocking outbreak of violence more reminiscent of shootouts in US schools.