Jamshedpur, June 30: Even before the classroom shooting incident at a city school could erase from people’s minds, a 13-year-old boy was caught with a pistol at another English medium school in Sonari on Thursday afternoon.
The student, who was caught with the pistol studies in Class VIII of RMS High School at Khuntadih, Sonari.
Despite the fact that the weapon was a rusted country-made pistol and unloaded, the police have detained the student on the basis of a complaint lodged by the school vice-principal Achla Srivastava.
Sonari police station officer in-charge Budhram Oraon said they nabbed the student and recovered the pistol on receiving a complaint from the vice-principal of RMS High School.
“We have taken the boy in custody after seizing the fire-arm and will take necessary action against him only after getting necessary instruction from the senior officers,” said Oraon.
He added they are trying to find out the source from whom the minor offender had procured the country-made pistol and also trying to find out the motive behind bringing the pistol to school.
The accused, son of Santosh Kumar Ojha, said, “I don’t know about the pistol, as it was recovered from the desk of a girl student who sits next to me. I am innocent.”
But the police sources said the boy, a resident of Khuntadih, had brought the pistol to the school and had shown it to as many as eight fellow students during the recession.
Vice-principal Srivastava said, “The student in question had showed the gun to some of his fellow students during the recess. After getting the complaint, we searched out the fire-arm from under a desk.”
In reply to a query, Srivastava claimed they used to carry out regular checking of bags of all the 900 students so as to find out whether any student had brought cell-phones or any other objectionable items.