Bengaluru (Agencies/ DHNS): The Bengaluru police on Wednesday detained the accused Mahesh in the PU student murder case. Gauthami, an 18-year-old girl was allegedly gunned down by Mahesh, an attender in a private college.
On Tuesday night, Mahesh is said to have barged into the hostel room on the third floor in which the two girls, studying second year Pre-University course (standard 12) in Pragathi college at Kadugodi, on city outskirts, and fired, killing Gautami instantly and injuring her friend Sirisha, Bengaluru Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters.
Gauthami and Sirisha hailed from Pavagada in Tumkur district while Mahesh is a native of Agumbe in Shivamogga.
Though there are reports that Mahesh was very close to Gauthami, the police investigating the case claimed that there was no relationship between Gauthami and Mahesh.
The injured girl is "out of danger" and is being treated at a private hospital here, he said.
Reddi said the attender working with the institution for the last two years was absconding and the motive behind the killing was not yet known.
Describing it as "an unfortunate incident", Home Minister K J 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."
Bengaluru: Girl shot dead in school
Bengaluru, (IANS) An 18-year-old girl student was shot dead in her school premises here by an office attendant for spurning his advances, police said on Wednesday.
"We have registered a case against the accused (Mahesh, 30) who is absconding from the school, and have set up three special teams to hunt him down," city police commissioner M.N. Reddi told reporters here.
Gauthami was a student of second year pre-university course at Pragathi school in the city's eastern suburb and was staying in the girls hostel as she hailed from Pavagada in Tumakuru district, about 70 km from here.
"According to the girl's friend Sirisha, who was injured in the firing, the attacker barged into the third floor hostel room of Gauthami around 11 p.m. on Tuesday and opened fire at her as she opened the door on hearing a knock," Reddi said.
Though what provoked Mahesh to shoot the girl is being investigated, police suspect that Mahesh had fired at her for spurning his advances and rejecting his love.
"We have learnt from the school authorities that Mahesh was working in the school the past two years," Reddi added.