Armed with 'kill list', Indian student guns down professor

Jun 03, 2016, 08:40 IST | Agencies

Mainak Sarkar, 38, shot the prof for not giving him passing grade, before turning the gun on himself

Los Angeles: A disgruntled Indian doctoral student who had been working on his thesis for 10 years is believed to have killed his professor at the University of California-Los Angeles after the latter refused to give him a passing grade. Also, cops say he also had a “kill list” with other names, including a woman who was found dead in Minnesota.

THE SHOOTER: PhD student Mainak Sarkar. Pic/FAcebook

Mainak Sarkar (38), who was born in India before coming to the US to study, shot engineering professor William Klug (39) dead in his office before turning the gun on himself, said the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck said they found a list that had other potential targets —including at least one other UCLA professor who was not harmed during Wednesday’s incident — and a woman who was found dead in Minnesota.

Students and others are searched by security officers after a campus shooting on Wednesday at the UCLA campus. Pic/AFP
Students and others are searched by security officers after a campus shooting on Wednesday at the UCLA campus. Pic/AFP

Sarkar appears to have had a long-running feud with Klug. In a blog post uploaded on March 10 under his name, Sarkar wrote that the professor “stole all my code and gave it another student”. Sarkar branded him a “sick man.”

The post, which was uploaded to a blog called Long Dark Tunnel but has since been deleted, said: “William Klug, UCLA professor is not the kind of person when you think of a professor. He is a very sick person. I urge every new student coming to UCLA to stay away from this guy.”

“My name is Mainak Sarkar. I was this guy’s PhD student. We had personal differences. He cleverly stole all my code and gave it to another student. He made me really sick. Your enemy is your enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful about whom you trust. Stay away from this sick guy,” the blog reads. However, a source said Sarkar’s claims were “psychotic,” adding that his characterisation of Klug as a thief was “absolutely untrue”.

On the UCLA website, Sarkar was listed as part of the Klug Research Group, a team of six post-doctoral and PhD students researching biomechanics. The website shows Sarkar has been studying for his PhD since 2006 with no graduating date, two years longer than any of the other researchers.

Klug was developing virtual heart

Professor William Klug, identified as one of the victims in the murder-suicide shooting incident at University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on Wednesday morning worked with a team to develop a computer-generated virtual heart.

William Klug, the professor
William Klug, the professor

39-year-old Klug was associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who studied the interaction between mechanics and biology. He was married with two kids.

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