An armed group of students in Kota killed an 18-year-old boy and wounded his friend on Thursday night.
The deceased, identified as Satya Prakash, was a medical aspirant from Gonawa village of Nawada district in Bihar.
He was returning to his hostel with his friend Sandeep Kumar after having dinner at a mess in the Mahavir area of the city on Thursday night when they were attacked by 40-50 boys armed with daggers, knives and iron rods.
A file photo of Satya Prakash. NDTV
Police says the armed group came on motorcycles and after assaulting Prakash and Kumar, fled from the scene of the crime. Prakash was taken to the hospital but was declared dead by the doctors. Kumar is undergoing treatment but is in a critical condition.
The police has filed an FIR against 25 people of which 10 are known. Four of the 10 named in the FIR have been arrested.
The police claims it was a “clash between two groups of students”.
Lakhs of students study at one of the numerous coaching centres in the city.
Satya Prakash was the son of a postmaster and the eldest of four siblings. A very good student, Prakash was preparing for his medical entrance exams at one of the coaching centers.
Beside his family, Prakash’s village too had high hopes from him due to his academic excellence. His family claims that Prakash had no enmity with anyone.
“Someone has just snuffed out my son’s life mid-way…How can we survive now?” his distraught mother told reporters.
Kota is the hub of India’s coaching institute industry.
Meanwhile, local BJP MLA Bhawani Singh Rajawat took it as an opportunity to lash out at Bihari students in Kota. He reportedly said that they are “responsible for 80 per cent” of crime in the city. At the same time, Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav is learnt to have urged Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to take quick action in the case. Kota is India’s hub of coaching centers with over 2 lakh students mostly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh coming to the city for preparations for engineering and medical entrance examinations.