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Hisar student murder: 'killer' classmates held

india Updated: Feb 29, 2012 22:19 IST
HT Correspondent

The alleged killers of engineering student Pradeep Jangra, who was shot dead outside his college gate in Haryana's Hisar district on Monday, have been arrested.

The accused, Kalyan Singh Kaswan and Rajkumar Bhakkar, both classmates of the victim, were arrested from Hisar's Siswala village.

The police said they recovered the revolver used in the crime, a live cartridge, seven shells, and a motorcycle from their possession.

Jangra, a resident of Shyamlal Bagh, Hisar, and son of a carpenter, was a second-year student of Kalpana Chawla College of Engineering and Technology. His college described him as a "very brilliant" student.

Kaswan, a resident of Panihar Chak village, reportedly told the police that he got the revolver from the house of a relative, Kuldeep Singh, in Azad Nagar, on the outskirts of Hisar town, and reached the college along with Bhakkar.

There, they borrowed a student's motorcycle and when Jangra reached college, pumped bullets into him, Hisar superintendent of police Anil Dhawan said.

The duo then fled to Bhadra, Rajasthan, the police said. On Tuesday morning when they came to Siswala village, where Bhakkar lives, the police were waiting for them, Dhawan said.

The accused reportedly claimed that they shot Jangra to avenge a skirmish in which Bhakkar was beaten up by Jangra's friends.

They were produced in court and sent in judicial custody till March 13.

Kalpana Chawla College of Engineering and Technology on Monday denied that the suspects were students of the college. However, on Wednesday, college vice-principal Pankaj Chaudhary described the shooting as "very unfortunate".

Speaking on phone, he said, "Our campus has always been very quiet and calm. We have lost a very brilliant student of the institute who would have brought fame to the institution in the years to come. The loss is unimaginable."

He said the college had requested its chairperson Sunil Sharma to extend financial help to the victim's family.

"We sympathise with the bereaved family in this hour of deep grief," Chaudhary said.