College girl shot dead in Bengaluru, assailant nabbed
Bengaluru: In a shocking shootout in
campus, an 18-year-old girl student was shot dead and her roommate injured
allegedly by an attender of their college who stormed into the hostel on the
The man, identified as Mahesh, was
arrested on Wednesday within hours, after he allegedly gunned down Gautami last
night and fled the scene of crime at Pragathi college at Kadugodi, police said.
Mahesh had barged into the hostel
room on third floor where the two girls resided and fired from his countrymade
pistol, killing Gautami instantly and injuring her friend, both pre-university
(standard 12) students, senior police officials said.
The injured girl is “out of danger”
and is being treated at a private hospital here, Bengaluru Police Commissioner
MN Reddi told reporters.
A senior doctor at the hospital said
the victim's friend has suffered a bullet injury on her face which requires
surgery but her condition is stable.
Reddi said Mahesh was working with
the college for the last two years and the motive behind the killing was not
Special teams had been formed to
track down Mahesh and sent to different parts of the state. He was traced to
his sister's house, police said, adding, he had been booked for murder and
under Indian Arms Act, besides other offences.
On the motive of the attack, Reddi
said "we can't say anything as of now, we will get to know about things
only after the investigations."
Home Minister KJ George, who visited
the college, said the two students were at the hostel last night when the
attender “shot at one girl and has killed her.”