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Student shot dead in school

Ranaghat, March 26: A Class XI student was shot dead by six bike-borne youths inside the compound of his Nadia school in front of other pupils today.

Witnesses said Ajoy Ghosh, 17, had come out of the school building after writing his final-exam political science paper and was dinking water from a tube well around 5.15pm when the six youths arrived on two bikes and started beating him up. He was shot twice in the forehead from point-blank range with pistols by two of the attackers.

Late tonight, police detained for interrogation the teenaged nephew of a local Trinamul leader in connection with the murder of Ajoy, the son of a weaver.

“Many students were coming out of the school when Ajoy was shot. The incident triggered panic. When Ajoy was being beaten up, no one dared to help him as two of the attackers were brandishing pistols. The assailants fled on their bikes, leaving Ajoy in a pool of blood,” said a student on condition of anonymity.

Residents took Ajoy, the son of a weaver who lived in Bangarto Para near Krishnagar town, to the local healthy centre, from where he was referred to Ranaghat sub-divisional hospital. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

A doctor at the sub-divisional hospital said: “One of the bullets pierced his forehead and went out through the back of his head, causing a lot of blood loss.”

Some classmates said Ajoy had protested when two of his female classmates were teased on their way home from a coaching centre on Monday and the murder could be the fallout of that.

A classmate of Ajoy said: “He used to take private tuitions along with two of his female classmates. On Monday, he had protested when youths passing by had passed lewd comments at the girls. Ajoy had got involved in a scuffle with them. When he came to school this morning, he told us the youths had threatened him with dire consequences.”

The sub-divisional police officer of Ranaghat, Azhar Tauseef, said a murder case had been started.

“We are yet to receive a complaint from the boy’s family. However, we have already started a murder case. We have spoken to some witnesses. After preliminary investigations, we have come across some names. We are trying to find out their whereabouts. The reason behind the murder is still not clear,” he said.

The officer said all angles, including the “possibility of a love affair”, were being probed. “We have heard about a fight over an incident of eve-teasing. However, no case of eve-teasing was reported to the police,” Tauseef said.

The headmaster of Phulia Vidyamandir, Asit Mandal, said: “It is not clear why the student was killed. He was a jovial and nice boy. We appeal to the police to find out the culprits and give exemplary punishment to them.”

Ajoy’s father Dipak Ghosh said none of the family members knew of any enmity his son might have had with any one. “My son regularly attended school and private tuitions. We had no information on Ajoy getting involved in a scuffle over eve-teasing,” Dipak said.