A class XI boy on Thursday shot and grievously injured a classmate who had objected to his smoking and his habit of bunking classes to watch movies. The classmate had even complained to the authorities about it, police said. Manvendra is absconding, they added.
Manvendra, a resident of Banda, and Ashish, of Pratapgarh, studied science at the Chitrakoot Intermediate College in Karvi.
Manvendra shot at Ashish from a country-made gun in his hostel room while the latter’s roommate was away, police said. Ashish’s condition is stated to be critical. He had been admitted to the SN Hospital in Allahabad.
On Monday, Ashish caught Manvendra smoking in the hostel premises. He lodged a complaint with the warden and told him that Manvendra also used to bunk classes to watch movies.
The college administration reprimanded Manvendra and told him that his parents would be informed. Later, an angry Manvendra beat up Ashish and threatened him with dire consequences.
On Wednesday, the college administration called both Manvendra and Ashish to settle the issue. Principal Ranvir Singh Chauhan played the peacemaker.
“I told Manvendra not to smoke in the hostel premises,” he said. On Thursday, around 9 am Manvendra went to Ashish’s room and opened fire at him.
Superintendent of Police, Chitrakoot, Shachi Ghildiyal said no arrest has been made yet. “There was no rivalry between the students. The firing was result of the tiff between two students on the issue of smoking,” she said.