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School shootout suspect held

punjab Updated: Feb 21, 2012 16:41 IST
HT Correspondent

Amritsar rural police on Monday arrested a Class XI student, Navdeep Singh, who had allegedly opened fire in a government senior secondary school in Bhangali Kalan village near Majitha on February 16 following a clash with his classmates. Three students were injured in the firing.

The interrogation of Navdeep revealed that he was in touch with a local gang and the illegal .12-bore countrymade weapon used by him was made locally by a gas welder, Harjeet Singh. Such weapons are usually procured from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Harjeet Singh, who used to make countrymade pistols for various gangs, has also been arrested.

Addressing mediapersons here on Monday, Amritsar (rural) SSP SPS Parmar said, “This is a major breakthrough. It is for the first time that we have come across an illegal arms manufacturer in this area. There are some more people involved. We are conducting raids to nab them. Navdeep was not only involved in the shooting, but was also in touch with a gang of snatchers.”

The SSP said that a “love triangle” was believed to be the reason behind the clash.

The incident had taken everyone by surprise as firing involving school students had not been heard of before.