A 17-year-old student of class XII of PES Higher Secondary School, Ponda was stabbed by his junior, a 16-year-old XI standard student, after class hours, outside the college.
According to sources, the juvenile accused was politically linked. The incident took place in broad daylight when the victim was standing at the bus stop near Farmagudi Circle on his way home from college. Eyewitnesses say a fight ensued after a heated discussion over some prank played by the accused earlier. That led to the horrific stabbing – once in the chest and once in the stomach.
Soon after committing the crime, the accused fled the scene and got rid of the weapon he used. The Police are on the lookout for the weapon.
Ponda DySp Sunita Sawant said, “The accused was afraid that the victim would complain about an earlier incident involving firecrackers, which the victim had recorded on his mobile phone.”
The stabbed victim’s condition is stable and he is out of danger. Currently, he is undergoing treatment at the GMC in Bambolim.
Though the accused surrendered, being a Juvenile he could not be arrested. However, Police have registered an offense under Section 307 of the IPC (attempt to murder) against him due to the fact that the crime was pre-planned and the weapon was carried to school.
“The incident occurred outside the campus. We are shocked. The school has provided police with all information,” the school’s principal said.
Ponda PI Sudesh Naik said that the knife has not been recovered and added that the accused has informed the police that he discarded the weapon while fleeing the incident spot.
Ponda PSI Nelson Colaco is investigating the matter.