- He was hacked to death in his office allegedly by a gang of six
- Ranganath was trying to resolve a land dispute when he was murdered
- One of the men was arrested after a brief encounter with the police
The principal of a school in Bengaluru was hacked death inside the campus by a gang last morning, police said. The principal was in his office, trying to resolve a dispute related to the land on which the school is built, when a gang of six men barged into his room and allegedly murdered him.
60-year-old Ranganath, the principal of Havanur Public School in southwest Bengaluru, had reportedly taken a special weekend class for Class 10 students of the school. After the class, he went to his office to settle the land dispute when he was killed. Twenty students were inside their classroom when the principal was hacked to death in his office.
The gang sped away in the car in which they came to the school after killing the principal, police said.
One of the men was arrested from the city's Mahalaxmi Layout area soon after the police was informed. Police said the man attacked two constables with a "deadly" weapon following which one of them opened fire at him.
The gang member, identified as Babli,has injuries on his legs and was taken to the government-run Victoria Hospital. He is believed to be the leader of the gang, police said.
The other five members are yet to be arrested. "We have identified all the accused. A dispute over about 10 feet of land seems to be one of the reasons for his murder," Seemant Kumar Singh Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) said.
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