Teen killed...

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

The mur­der may have been pre­med­i­tated, said the po­lice, who re­cov­ered a school­bag full of sharp weapons and a bot­tle filled with wa­ter that had been mixed with chilli pow­der from the ter­race of a tem­ple ad­ja­cent to the school.

“The po­lice have ap­pre­hended four stu­dents and in­ter­ro­ga­tion is on,” Vado­dara com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Manoj Shashid­har, said. The sus­pected killer is on the run and the stu­dents be­ing ques­tioned are eye­wit­nesses to the mur­der, the of­fi­cer said . “The mo­tive and rea­son of dis­pute will be cleared only af­ter ac­cused is nabbed,” he said.

At a pri­vate school in Gu­ru­gram, a Class 2 boy was found with his throat slit out­side a toi­let on Septem­ber 8, 2017. The po­lice had ar­rested a 16-year-old boy in the case.

They said the stu­dent com- mit­ted the mur­der to get an ap­proach­ing ex­am­i­na­tion and a par­ent-teacher meet­ing post­poned. In the Vado­dara case, pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed Tadvi and other boys from the school were at odds over the past cou­ple of days. The school bag, which be­longs to the mur­der sus­pect, con­tained three knives of dif­fer­ent sizes and the bot­tle filled with chilli pow­der wa­ter, the po­lice of­fi­cer said. An­other knife, found near the body, was 12 inches long. “Tadvi had taken ad­mis­sion in to the school only from this aca­demic year, which be­gan a fort­night back,” said Avni Barot, an ad­min­is­tra­tor at the school. “Sec­ondary classes start at noon, but Tadvi and other ac­cused had ar­rived at the school early when ses­sions for pri­mary stan­dards were on. Around 11.50, a group of pri­mary stu­dents in­formed some teach­ers about Tadvi ly­ing in a pool of blood. He breathed his last be­fore an am­bu­lance could reach.’’

The po­lice said CCTV footage ob­tained from the school will be help­ful in es­tab­lish­ing the se­quence of events.

Tadvi has been liv­ing with his ma­ter­nal aunt and un­cle in Vado­dara. His par­ents are set­tled in Bakhol vil­lage in nearby Anand.

His fa­ther Bhag­wanbhai, who works at a small snacks shop in the vil­lage and was driven to Vado­dara by the shop’s owner, said: ”My son did not like his pre­vi­ous school and I had in­sisted that he come back to the vil­lage. But he was do­ing well at stud­ies. So as per his wish, we shifted him to a new school.” He added, “I had no idea that his this de­ci­sion would take him away from us for­ever. He was my only son. We are now left with only a daugh­ter.”

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