Thrissur: A former student opened fire at an aided school in Thrissur. The accused, identified as Jagan, opened fire at Vivekodayam Boys Higher Secondary School in Naikkanal, near Thrissur Town, on Tuesday. The school witnessed a tense situation at 10:15 am when Jagan discharged rounds from an air gun within the premises. It was reported that the accused was a drug addict. Because of the quick intervention by school employees and local residents, Jagan was captured and handed over to the police.
Jagan, a former student of the school and Mulayam native, entered the office room of Vivekodayam Boys Higher Secondary School, brandishing an air gun concealed in his trousers. After showing the pistol to school employees, he proceeded to a classroom, firing three rounds upward, causing chaos within the school premises.
The school authorities then attempted to stop Jagan, who made an attempt to flee the scene. With the assistance of local residents and quick action by school employees, Jagan was captured and handed over to the police.
District Collector V R Krishna Teja responded to the incident, reaching out to the school to assess the situation. He assured the public that it was an isolated incident and urged parents not to worry, emphasising that the situation was under control.
The BJP Thrissur District President, Adv KK Aneesh Kumar, has asserted that BJP workers had previously lodged complaints against Jagan at Mannuthy Police Station. Aneesh Kumar raised doubts about the portrayal of the accused as mentally ill and called for a comprehensive police inquiry.
The accused youth, Jagan, is implicated in a case involving an attempted attack on BJP workers. Aneesh Kumar urged the police to investigate potential links between Jagan and the drug mafia, which were related to the stabbing of BJP worker Akhil. Citing indications of the young man being a drug addict, Aneesh Kumar expressed growing concerns about the infiltration of drug mafias in Thrissur. He had further emphasised the unusual nature of the incident, stating that trespassing into a school and firing an air gun was unheard of in the state’s history.