Bengaluru , April 1: After committing the deadly crime, Mahesh, who shot dead a girl on late Tuesday night, March 31, was arrested by the city police.
According to reports, Mahesh was about to escape to his native Agumbe, Teerthahalli taluk, Shimoga district, but was caught by the Kadugodi police officers. [Bengaluru: Office boy guns down college girl]
A senior police official told a daily that Mahesh, an office-attendant, used a country-made pistol which has been seized from him.
Earlier in the day, city police commissioner MN Reddi told reporters, "We have registered a case against the accused, who is absconding from the school, and have set up three special teams to hunt him down."
"According to the girl's friend Sirisha, who was injured in the firing, the attacker barged into the third floor hostel room of Gauthami around 11 p.m. on Tuesday and opened fire at her as she opened the door on hearing a knock," Reddi said.
Though what provoked Mahesh to shoot the girl is being investigated, police suspect that Mahesh had fired at her for spurning his advances and rejecting his love.
"We have learnt from the school authorities that Mahesh was working in the school the past two years," Reddi added.
Gauthami died while Sirisha is battling for life at Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru.
Gauthami was a student of second year pre-university course at Pragathi school in the city's eastern suburb and was staying in the girls hostel as she hailed from Pavagada in Tumakuru district, about 70 km from Bengaluru.