Varanasi: Unidentified assailants on Sunday night shot a 22-year-old student eight times, in front of his college hostel in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, police said. The incident took place at Uday Pratap College. Also Read - 'Goondaraj in UP': Opposition Targets Yogi Government After 8 Policemen Killed in Kanpur

The student was rushed to a nearby government hospital where he was declared dead. Also Read - Who is Vikas Dubey, UP's Most-Wanted Criminal Behind Killing of 8 Policemen in Kanpur?

The student named Vivek Singh was found lying in a pool of blood by a passer-by who informed other students as well as the police, said SSP Anand Kulkarni. The deceased was a B.Com second-year student and native of Jamundeeh village in Azamgarh district. Also Read - Increased Testing, Early Hospitalisation Can Curb COVID-19 in Delhi-NCR: Home Minister Shah

He was shot with a .32 bore pistol, Kulkarni said.

Seven teams of police, including crime branch sleuths, have been formed to trace those involved in the murder.

District Magistrate Surendra Singh also rushed to the spot immediately after the incident and tried to pacify angry students of the college.

Police force has been deployed in and around the campus to thwart any untoward incident.

In an earlier incident, a 30-year-old man was allegedly shot dead while asleep by some unidentified miscreants at his home in a district’s village, police said on February 21. The incident occurred at Roni Harjipur village under the Charthawal police station in the district. The body was sent for post-mortem and a case registered against the unidentified miscreants, police said.