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Breakthrough claim in campus firing

Police on Wednesday claimed to have identified one of the miscreants who tried to disturb the selection process for a forthcoming inter-university youth festival on the Marwari College campus in Ranchi on Tuesday by opening fire and lobbing a crude bomb in broad daylight.

Deputy superintendent of police (city) S.P. Singh said the youth responsible for spreading terror on the campus on Tuesday had a criminal background and had been to jail earlier for possessing illegal arms. He had been identified and would be arrested soon.

Asked for more details, Singh expressed his inability to provide the same. ďIt will not be proper to disclose the name before taking the miscreant into custody and interrogating him to determine the motive behind this firing,Ē he said.

Even as the police claimed to have identified the miscreants, security personnel deputed at Marwari College on the concluding day of the selection trials remained extra vigilant on Wednesday. Senior police officers were also seen patrolling the area around the college.

ďYesterday, most of us were deputed on the campus but today we have been deputed in all strategic locations leading to the college to reduce reaction time in case of any disturbances in or around the campus. Some of us are inside the campus while some of us are outside. College management has also deputed some professors outside the campus to keep vigil on anti-social elements,Ē said a constable deputed in an area behind the campus.

Sisir Kumar, a history professor of the college, said had the security arrangements been as stringent on Tuesday, then the miscreants would not have dared open fire.

Unidentified miscreants had targeted the college with firearms and crude bombs.

The incident took place around 1.45pm when more than 1,000 students from different colleges of Ranchi University turned up for selection trials to participate in the East Zonal Youth Festival scheduled from December 4 to 8 at the mega sports complex in Hotwar.

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