A 20-year-old student was shot dead by army personnel when, chased by police, he sneaked into the official residence of a brigadier in the early hours of Sunday.
Mohammed Mukkharam, an undergraduate student at a local college, gave army officers some tense moments when he climbed atop the Flagstaff House on the road to the old airport and disclosed his location over a cell phone to his parents and friends. He spoke in Urdu and was urging them to come over and rescue him. The sentries shot him when, according to Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari, “the boy tried to escape rather than give himself up”. The incident took place on the residential premises of Brigadier P.S. Ravindranath, commander, Karnataka & Kerala sub-area.
According to BK Singh, DCP (East), the youngster was being chased by traffic patrol for taking part in a ‘drag race’ — racing on one wheel of a motorbike. While trying to flee to avoid arrest he scaled the compound wall and got into the high security campus.
Ironically, the police have registered a case of trespass against the deceased student.