College student’s murder: Cops crack whip against gun culture

With the murder of a teenaged polytechnic student, who was killed after being shot in the head, allegedly by his close friend, exposing the illegal arms culture, the police have taken steps to put an end to the menace.

According to sources, special teams have been formed to nab all those who are involved in the business of arms and stern action would be taken against them. “This is a rare incident, but adequate measures would be taken,” police said.

Mukesh was shot dead during a friendly chat in his friend’s house at Venkatamangalam, about 15 km from Sholinganallur close to the IT corridor on the OMR, police said. They said three special teams have been formed to get the suspect Vijay, 19, a food delivery agent with an online app, as he fled with the gun he had allegedly used on Mukesh.

“Vijay was there in the house and so were his brothers Ajith, sister-in-law and another brother Udhay who was outside the house. As soon as the sound of a gunshot was heard, Udhay and Ajith rushed in to see Mukesh lying in a pool of blood in Vijay’s room while Vijay ran past the duo. Udhay alerted the others around the house and Mukesh’s family and rushed Mukesh to a hospital,” reports said.

While Vijay took the weapon used to shoot at Mukesh with him, Udhay and others rushed Mukesh to a private hospital in Vandalur. However, the doctors in that hospital referred him to the Government Hospital in Chromepet. Since Mukesh suffered a grievous head injury, the doctors at Chromepet Government Hospital referred him to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. However, Mukesh succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.

Shaken by the youth’s death by gunfire, the police are probing various angles for gaining some light on what kind of gun had been used by Vijay and his source of the weapon and its ammunition.

Reports said that Mukesh and Vijay had a quarrel at the former’s house over watching a video on mobile. During the fight, Vijay pulled out a pistol and shot at Mukesh’s head and fled from the place.

The police who are still gathering details of the incident said a case of murder would be registered once they have more details. “The inquiry is still underway. So we have not filed any case,” said a police officer at Thalambur station.