Three students of a private engineering college suffered serious injuries when a security guard fired at them for allegedly trying to click selfies in front of a farmhouse in Jaipur’s Jagatpura area around Saturday midnight.
According to police, Rohit Kumawat, Shailendra Kumar, Devendra Kumar and two others – B Tech final year students at Vivekananda Institute of Technology – were returning to their private hostel after dinner at a dhaba when they stopped midway, seeing the attractive lighting at the farmhouse, for selfies .
“But the security guard took objection to it, sparking an argument between them,” said sub-inspector Narendra of Kho Nagoriyan police station. “The guard opened fire with his 12-bore gun, which injured three of the students. Two other students came back after hearing the gunshots and informed police.”
Of the three injured students, Rohit’s condition is said to be critical, while Devendra has suffered injury in his eye.
“Doctors are saying that Rohit’s condition is critical and danger cannot be ruled out for next 72 hours,” said Prashant Kabra, a neighbour.
Police have arrested the guard, Jor Singh, and lodged a case under section 307 (attempt to murder) at the Kho Nagoriyan police station. “On his part, the guard is saying that he had fired in the air, but the bullets hit the students accidentally,” said the police officer.
The farmhouse is owned by Sandeep Bakshi, the chancellor and chairman of the Jaipur National University.
When HT contacted, Bakshi said the students were trying to trespass the farmhouse and steal two cars. “Injuries to the students happened by accident,” he said.