The eve of Valentine's day turned bloody at the IIT-Madras campus, after a postgraduate student pursuing his M Tech stabbed a classmate, allegedly over a shared love interest. While the 24-year-old victim is not in a critical condition, his assulter has been detained by the police for an enquiry.
According to reports, the clash broke at around 5.30 pm near the central library. Both the men are in their second year and belong to the state of Haryana. They resided at the Pampa hostel within campus. The accused, Manoj stabbed Pramod Kaushik on the shoulder with a sharp object and fled the spot. Other students who witnessed the incident reportedly rushed a bleeding Pramod in a car to a hospital in Adyar and informed the institute's authorities, who in turn called the police.
"They seemed to have liked the same girl from the college and the argument broke out because of that. A team is currently at the campus for further investigations," says an officer from the Kotturpuram station.
A team from the station was alerted about the incident and when they went to campus Manoj was initially missing. A search was launched and he was caught trying to leave the campus. He has been booked under section 307 (Attempt to murder).