Eight years after 14-year-old Akash Yadav was sent to a juvenile home for allegedly killing his classmate in Gurgaon’s Euro International School, he is wanted again for murder. This time, he allegedly shot his friend five times in the chest after an argument in Sector 21 on Tuesday. Police said Yadav is on the run.
Gurgaon Police said that around 8 pm Tuesday, Yadav, his friend Manish Kumar and a few others met at the Sector 21 market.
“Kumar and Yadav got into a fight. Another friend, Goga, tried to calm them. Yadav then took Kumar to a corner and continued to argue. Suddenly, the friends saw Yadav fire five rounds into Kumar,” Gurgaon Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajesh Kumar said.
In 2007, Yadav, then 14 years old, and his friend, Vikas Yadav, allegedly shot classmate Abhishek Tyagi while he was waiting to board the bus. The incident occurred at Euro International School, Sector 45 in Gurgaon.
On Tuesday, two eyewitnesses told police that Yadav shot Kumar after a heated argument. Police, however, said they were yet to determine the motive.
“The two groups drove to Sector 21 market from Bijwasan. They parked their motorcycles and headed to buy momos. They then got into into a brawl and Yadav shot Kumar,” a police officer said.
“Kumar died on the spot. All the bullets were fired from close range. There were five wounds in the body — two in the head, one in the chest, one in the abdomen and one on the shoulder,” the officer said.
Police claimed Akash and Kumar have been friends since 2009 and have been involved in criminal activities since then.
In 2009, Kumar’s brother Krishna allegedly shot dead the son of an advocate in Kapashera. Police said Kumar and Yadav tried to convince the victim’s father to withdraw the case against Krishna but he refused.
“Yadav asked Kumar to threaten the father into withdrawing the case. On November 25, 2010, they fired at him. But the bullet hit the man’s shoulder and he escaped. An attempt to murder case was registered against the duo at the Palam Vihar police station. In 2012, they were arrested for stealing a truck. They were freed on bail and have stayed together since then,” ACP (Crime) Rajesh Kumar said.
Akash vengeful by nature, says father
“It is cold-blooded murder. Aisa lag raha hai, aath saal pehle ki ghatna ab phir dohraai ja rahi hai (It seems like the incident which occurred eight years ago has been repeated),” 50-year-old Azad Singh said, when he heard that his son Akash had been named a murder accused again.
“My son is vengeful by nature,” Singh said. After the incident in 2007, Akash was first sent to a juvenile correction home. He then lived in rented accommodations in Gurgaon and Rajasthan, and sometimes stayed with his maternal relatives, Singh said.
He has been doing the rounds of Delhi and Gurgaon in search of his son. “In these eight years, he has not met me. Even though he came home, he only met his mother,” Singh said.
In 2007, it was alleged that Akash stole his father’s gun to shoot his classmate Abhishek Tyagi.
Akash’s parents said their son switched off his mobile phone two months ago and had not been in touch since.
Like all fathers, Singh still feels his son is “innocent”, caught “in bad company”.
“In January 2014, I set up a powder-coating factory. He worked well there till December. He wanted to shift the factory elsewhere in Gurgaon and got into an argument with me over this,” Singh told Newsline.
Singh said Kumar and his son were best friends and lived in rented accommodation together for four years.
Euro International School case: The trial so far –
* In 2013, the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) sentenced Akash Yadav for the murder of his classmate, Abhishek Tyagi.
* An appeal was then filed in the same year by the counsel for Abhishek Tyagi, challenging the JJB order.
* The Gurgaon sessions court is now hearing the arguments on the appeal. The matter has been listed for April 1.