Bike-born assailants kill suspended BHU student

BHU student
Gaurav Singh (Image credit: India Today)

A 23-year-old student at Banaras Hindu University in Uttar Pradesh has died of bullet wounds. Gaurav Singh, an MCA student, had sustained bullet injuries after being shot at by four bike-born assailants on the campus on Tuesday, April 2.

Gaurav was chatting with friends outside the gate of the Birla Hostel on the campus in the evening of Tuesday, April 2 when four men came in two motorbikes and fired at him before fleeing. A grievously injured Gaurav was rushed to hospital inside the campus. But he succumbed to injuries in the wee hours of Wednesday.

According to the Uttar Pradesh police, the assailants fired 10 bullets at the victim. They said four people have been arrested and an FIR has been filed.

The police suspect personal enmity behind the killing, but say they would be investigating all angles. Gaurav Singh was under suspension for his alleged role in the violence during a protest on the campus one-and-a-half year ago.

In September 2017, some students protested over safety of women triggering a spate of protests, which turned violent at times. The protests took place when Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi was visiting Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency. In 2018, BHU administration debarred 11 students for instigating violence during these protests.

Now the killing a suspended student is set to assume a political colour at the time Lok Sabah polls starting April 11.

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