Bengaluru, (DHNS) : The attender of Pragathi School and PU College in Kadugodi, accused of shooting dead PU student Gauthami and injuring another student at the college’s girls’ hostel on Tuesday night, has claimed that he had carried out the attack to teach a lesson to a few girls who had violated his instructions.
Though K Mahesh (38) has made such a claim before the police, senior officers say that his statements have to be corroborated after questioning the students, staff and management of the college.
“We are still questioning him and he seems to have some psychological problems. There are many contradictions in his statements and he could be trying to cook up a story,” a top officer connected with the investigations told Deccan Herald on Thursday.
The police would need more time to take the probe to a logical end as they have not been able to question Shirisha (16) who was injured after she was shot by the accused.
She is in the ICU of Manipal Hospitals after undergoing a surgery on Wednesday. Her statement would be crucial to take the probe forward. Also, other inmates of the hostel have gone home owing to an extended weekend holiday.
“We will speak to them once they return,” the police said.
Mahesh had imposed several restrictions on the girls and always prevented them from doing certain things. He did not like them mingling with boys. Gauthami, Shirisha and others had objected to his attitude and had told him to mind his business. He plotted the attack as he was humiliated by their remarks in public, Police Commissioner M N Reddi had said on Wednesday.
Mahesh claimed that he bought the country-made pistol in K R Puram about two weeks ago. He also claimed that there was no specific reason for him to buy the weapon, the officer said.
A special team headed by Additional Commissioner of Police (East) P Harishekaran is investigating the case. “I am personally monitoring the case besides interrogating Mahesh. Nothing substantial has come out so far and it will take us some more time to come to a conclusion,” Harishekaran said.