A man shot dead a 24-year-old dental student before killing himself with the same gun. The incident took place at Nellikuzhi, near Kothamangalam, about 35 km from Kochi on Friday.
According to the police, PV Manasa, a student of Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences in Nellikuzhi in Kothamangalam, was at her rented accommodation near the college when Rakhil arrived there around 3 pm Friday. Following a verbal spat, he allegedly shot her at close range with the bullet striking her just below the ear. Minutes later, Rakhil took his life with the same gun.
Manasa had been shot twice, once in the head and on the chest by the assailant before he took his life. Both of them were taken to the nearest hospital but they succumbed to bullet wounds.
Manasa and Rakhil, hailing from Kannur district, knew each other, said police, though the reasons for the killing were not clear. "A personal grudge between the two seems to be the reason for the murder. We are gathering more details," said a police officer with the Kothamangalam police station.