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A 21-year-old youth shot dead his friend in Gurgaon on Wednesday, eight years after killling his classmate in his school in 2007 for which he had to spend in a correction home, posing a challenge on the quantum of punishment for juvenile crimes. 

The murder on Wednesday night happened at the city's sector 21 market, when Aakash alias Ashu, along with his friend Manish Goga shot 23-year-old Manish and fled the spot.

The police, during the course of initial investigation, found out that Aakash, studying in Class VIII had shot dead his classmate Abhishek Tyagi on 11 December, 2007 in Euro International School in Sector 45 with the help of another classmate Vikas.

Aakash reportedly managed to sneak his father's revolver into the school to kill Tyagi. He fired five bullets on his victim inside the school from a close range; two of the bullets hit Tyagi on his chest, leading to his death even before he could hospital. 

The act was the result of a quarrel he had with Tyagi, reports The Times of India.

Aakash and Vikas were sent to a juvenile home for a year, and the case against Aakash is still going on in the sessions court.

The police have lodged an FIR against Aakash and Manish Goga under sections 302, 120b and 34 of IPC and the Arms Act. The two are at large. 

The repeated offence by Aakash raises the question: Is serving few months in a juvenile home for a crime as grave as murder enough to reform a minor from repeating the offence in future?

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