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Schoolboy shot dead, glare on eve-teasers

Ranaghat, March 26: A 17-year-old boy was shot dead by a gang of youths who fired two bullets at the forehead at point-blank range when he was coming out of the school after appearing for Class XI annual exam in Nadia’s Phulia this evening.

Police said they were yet to establish the motive behind the murder of Ajoy Ghosh but his classmates said the attack might have a link with his protest at a group of eve-teasers on Monday.

The student of Phulia Vidyamandir and a weaver’s son had just finished his political science paper. “Six youths accosted Ajoy on two motorcycles and beat him up around 5.15pm when he was drinking water from a tube well on the campus. Then two of them shot him twice in the forehead,” said a source.

When Ajoy was being beaten up, no student went up to help as two of the attackers had their pistols out. The boy was a resident of Bangarto Para, about 18km from Krishnagar.

A doctor at Ranaghat subdivisional hospital where Ajoy was brought-dead, said: “One of the bullets had pierced his forehead and went out through the back of his head causing huge loss of blood.”

A few students said Ajoy had protested the eve-teasing of two of his female classmates by some youths outside the school on Monday. “Ajoy had a scuffle with the eve-teasers. This morning, he told us the youths had threatened him with dire consequences,” said a classmate.

Subdivisional police officer of Ranaghat Azhar Tauseef said: “The reason behind the murder is not clear. We are looking into all angles.”