The Indaurabagh locality of Bakshi Ka Talaab on the city outskirts was witness to an almost 24-hour drama as Shamim (28) locked himself up in a room and responded with gunshots when asked to come out.
Till late evening,all efforts to persuade him to stop firing failed. Station Officer Arun Dwivedi and a constable,Sandeep Jaiswal,who were trying to coax him out,were grazed by bullets.
Shamims family was unwilling to talk. Neighbours said he had displayed bouts of rashness in the past,but never violence. An MSc in Maths and a student of BEd,he had been under medical treatment.
Till last evening,he was normal.
Abhimanyu,his friend,said: He was with me for about three hours and we discussed current affairs. He asked about my studies and told me to work hard and get a good job. There was no sign of any mental disturbance.
Around 1.30 am,Shamim started shouting Bachao-bachao,mujhe ammi se akele me baat karni hai, said Aqil,who has a sweet shop nearby. When the alarmed family tried to get into his first-floor room,he began firing with their double-barrelled gun.
Locking the door from outside,they called in the police.
Around 3 am,over a dozen policemen reached the house and stationed themselves in an adjacent room. A contingent surrounded the two-storied house of Dr Shabbir Ahmad Siddiqui,Shamims father,who runs a clinic from the ground floor.
Efforts are on to catch the youth, said Rajiv Krishna,Deputy Inspector General, Lucknow. The police are not applying force yet as he can hurt himself.
The Superintendent of Police (Rural) Ashok Prasad and Assistant Superintendent of Police,Lucknow,Amit Pathak,are at the spot.
Pawan Singh,another friend of Shamim,said he was under pressure from his family. He was a brilliant student and completed his MSc from the Lucknow University three years ago. He wanted to be a PCS officer,but his family wanted him to become a teacher. Shamim had appeared in the NET exam last year,but failed to qualify.
On the familys insistence,he was doing a BEd course from an institute in Ghaziabad and had come home about 25 days ago.
His elder brother Shakeel is a teacher in a primary school in Barabanki,and his younger brother Tauheed is preparing for PCS (Judicial).
Suresh Singh,a neighbour and friend of Dr Shabbir said: Shamim first had these bouts of shouting at night over a year ago. That time he had shouted,Mujhe gharwalon se bachao,yeh log mujhe maar dalenge (save me from my family,they will kill me). After treatment in CSMMU,he was all right. He is very friendly and cheerful.