A 31-year-old associate professor of Maharishi Dayanand University was shot at by a former student who recently passed out from Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management (IHTM).
The victim identified as Ashish Dahiya, is the director of IHTM and he took two bullets in the stomach. He was rushed to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences by the students.
The accused is identified as Vedender Kumar, 25, a resident of Bandel Mohalla of the town. He was doing a master's course from the institute and reportedly had failed in four subjects in 2nd semester and all subjects in the 3rd semester.
Veena Devi, an assistant in the clerical department of IHTM, told HT, "Our office is located next to director's office and there is a passage connecting both the rooms. We heard shrieks of Ashish Dahiya at 11.15am. Before we could understand what had happened, he came running to our office in a pool of blood.”
The staff immediately bolted both the rooms from inside. The accused fled the spot on his bike (HR-12H-1684), a TVS star city.
Recalling her past interactions with the accused, Veena said that he used to be quiet and straight forward in his approach. “He never showed signs of being aggressive or violent,” she said.
Meanwhile, doctors at PGIMS said that the victim was being operated upon and currently his condition was serious.
SP Rajesh Duggal said that they were making efforts to arrest the accused. The police have also recovered the accused's identity card from the crime spot.
Those 10 minutes
Terrified Veena Devi said that even after pumping two bullets into Ashish Dahiya, the accused, for 7-8 minutes, kept banging the door of the room where the injured victim had taken refuge. The ordeal ended only after the accused left the place and students rushed to help the victim. Notably, varsity has security staff to maintain law and order and the entrance gates have CCTV cameras.
Victim awarded by Uttarakhand govt recently
Ashish Dahiya was recently conferred with 'Athiti Rattan' award by Uttarakhand education minister MP Nathani for his contribution in the hospitality and tourism education at a programme organised by Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University. Earlier, Dahiya had also worked with Garhwal varsity as an associate professor.