As per initial police probe, Anuj had left the university campus approximately 20-25 days ago and may have acquired the weapon or made arrangements for it during that period. The police are currently analyzing Anuj’s call details and reviewing CCTV footage from the campus and its surroundings to gather more information about his movements.
Updated May 21, 2023 | 12:23 PM IST
Sneha Chaurasia (left) ; Anuj Singh (right)
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Sneha filed 2-3 complaint against Anuj to university authorities
Initial police probe revealed that Sneha had filed two or three complaints against Anuj Singh to the university authorities approximately five months ago. These complaints were related to Anuj’s behavior and “relationship issues,” according to a university official. Raja Natarajan, the university’s executive director of financial operations, mentioned that such conflicts are not uncommon among friends, and the university had provided counseling to both parties.
A fellow student who knew Sneha and Anuj mentioned that they used to be seen together on campus, but their dynamics had changed over the past few months. In a chilling development, just 10 minutes before the shooting, Anuj uploaded a nearly 23-minute video on Google Drive and sent it to a university group. In the video, he referred to the complaints made against him and expressed his inability to cope with their breakup. To everyone’s surprise, Anuj also claimed that he was in the third stage of brain cancer and had limited time left to live. This revelation came as a shock, including to his family.
Anuj’s father, Lokesh Singh, a farmer in Amroha, denied any knowledge of his son suffering from a critical illness. He firmly stated that Anuj did not have any such medical condition.
Accused likely got gun to campus 3-4 weeks ago: Probe
On Saturday, a case was registered under sections of the Arms Act as the police continued their efforts to trace the source of the .32 bore gun used by Anuj Singh to shoot his fellow student, Sneha Chaurasia, at the Shiv Nadar University campus on May 18.
According to a senior officer involved in the investigation, Anuj had left the university campus approximately 20-25 days ago and may have acquired the weapon or made arrangements for it during that period. The police are currently analyzing Anuj’s call details and reviewing CCTV footage from the campus and its surroundings to gather more information about his movements. It remains uncertain whether he had recently visited his home, stated the officer.
Police authorities have determined that the gun used by Anuj was likely obtained from a local supplier, as it lacks an ordnance number. The tragic incident took place around 1:30 PM on Thursday when Anuj, a sociology student, shot Sneha outside a dining hall on the Dadri campus. He then proceeded to a hostel room, not his own, where he turned the gun on himself.
Approximately 10 minutes prior to the shooting, Anuj sent a confessional statement titled “my suicide note” to a university group at 1:18 PM on Thursday. Late on Friday night, an FIR was filed, and at 2:27 PM, the security in charge of Shiv Nadar University, Rajiv Kumar, contacted the police to report the student’s suicide.
A case has been registered under sections 3, 25, and 27 of the Arms Act. As of now, Sneha’s family has not lodged any complaint in the matter.