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Saturday 25 February 2012

Girl shot before matric exam

Girl shot before matric exam

Bharti Gupta
Hazaribagh, Feb. 24: A matriculation examinee was shot dead at her home in Rajdhanwar block of Giridih district this morning, allegedly by two of her classmates one of whose romantic overtures she had reportedly spurned.
Bharti Gupta (15), a student of Doranda High School, was to appear for her Sanskrit paper at 9.30am. Her mother found her dead in a room on the terrace of their Doranda house, 46km from the district headquarters, around 7am.
Father Jagat Mohan Gupta, a farmer, said he went out to a nearby tea stall for his morning cuppa, while his wife Arti was busy in household chores. They heard a crackling sound soon thereafter. Arti was the first to rush to the terrace, where she saw her teenaged daughter — who had been shot in the head — lying in a pool of blood.
Bharti was rushed to Rajdhanwar Referral Hospital, but doctors said she needed intensive care and referred her to Ranchi. The girl succumbed to her wound in Hazaribagh, on her way to the state capital.
Giridih SP A.V. Homkar said Bharti's brother Vidit Kumar had lodged an FIR, accusing two of her classmates of murder. Vidit, apparently, saw the duo escape from their house after Bharti was shot. Some neighbours said since the three were classmates, the boys often visited Bharti's home.
The needle of suspicion also points to the two minor boys because they were reprimanded by the village mukhiya yesterday for bothering Bharti. According to the victim's mother, the boys used to make smut calls to her daughter who had refused their overtures. The mukhiya had made the boys give a written pledge and even warned them of punishment in public if they did not mend their ways.
An uncle of one of the accused denied the murder charge, saying Bharti's family was trying to implicate his nephew in a false case. He, however, admitted that the boys were reprimanded by the mukhiya and his nephew had promised not to meet the girl again.
SP Homkar said the two students would be detained for interrogation.

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