The teachers and other examination staff of Government High School, Bhangali Kalan may have entered into a compromise with those responsible for beating them up on March 21, but the education department has decided to pursue the matter and take it to its logical end.
"It was a very serious incident and those responsible will not be spared. A compromise holds not weight for us," said district education officer (secondary) RS Malhi while talking to the media here on Saturday.
Malhi said Pushpinder Kumar, the examination superintendent who was beaten up, had come to him in the morning and claimed that he did not wish to pursue the case as a compromise had been reached. He said the victim seemed scared.
Malhi made it clear that the superintendent gave in writing that a compromise had been reached with those who had beaten him inside the examination centre. "He may have compromised, but the education minister and the director general of school education (DGSE) have made it clear that the compromise holds not weight and that the culprits will be punished. The case against them will not be withdrawn despite the compromise," Malhi said.
The Amritsar rural police had, on Friday, arrested Pran Nath and his son Vikas for allegedly beating up Pushpinder Kumar and threatening the other staff on examination duty at the school. The father-son duo, along with 10 of their associates, were booked under sections 186, 188, 353, 332, 506, 148, 149 of the IPC and the Arms Act. The case was registered at the Majitha police station on the complaint of Pushpinder Kumar. The police are still on the lookout for those who assisted the father-son in attacking the examination staff.
The incident occurred after Vikas was caught by the staff on duty at the school while trying to sneak into the examination centre with chits to help his sister, Sophia, who was appearing for the Class 12 computer examinations. He returned with his father and 10 others and attacked the superintendent and even damaged school property.
The father-son duo are said to be politically well connected as one of their relatives is an SAD leader. The police, who had come to know of the compromise on Friday, had refused to withdraw the case.
DGSE KS Pannu, who has taken strong note of the incident, has made it clear that those involved in threatening and beating up the school staff will not be spared. He had ordered the expulsion of Vikas, who too was a student of the school and his sister. On the orders of Pannu, additional staff, including policemen, have been deployed at the school.