Refraining a college student from eve-teasing apparently cost a Haryana assistant professor, Rajesh Malik, his life as he was shot dead by one of his students inside the college in state’s Sonepat district.

The incident took place at about 9 am this morning on the campus of Shaheed Dalbir Singh College in Sonepat’s Pipli village.

Police sources said the victim, Malik, aged between 35 to 50 years,  was sitting in one of the rooms when the accused student, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, walked in, fired four shots at him and fled. Singh, who taught English, was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The station house officer (SHO), Kharkhoda,  Wazir Singh, said during the investigation, it has come to light that the suspect is a student of the same college and resident of  Rohna village in the same district. The suspect had the habit of teasing girl students of his class and college.

“The college teacher (Malik) on many occasions had asked the (suspect) student not to tease fellow girl students. The student may have killed the professor for the same reason as he didn’t like the teacher’s behaviour,” the SHO told The Statesman over the phone from Kharkhoda.

He said though the suspect is yet to be arrested, but raids were being conducted to nab him. According to the college staff, Singh was sitting in the steno room when the suspect with his face covered opened fire at him and fled.

The incident comes weeks after a Class 12 student shot his school principal at a private school in Haryana’s Yamunanagar with his father’s licensed revolver. The student reportedly held a grudge against the principal after she scolded him for poor performance in studies.