A day after a complaint was lodged against a teacher of Shishu Mandir School in Jabalpur district for allegedly beating up a Class 7 student leaving his arm fractured, headmistress of the institution came out in defence of the accused.
Principal Priti Singh in her statement to the police alleged on Sunday that the student, Siddharth Patel, had sustained the injuries after he had fallen off a two-wheeler that he was riding.
Patel was allegedly beaten up by his teacher Sunanda Thakur on Friday for not bringing Rs 100 and food grains for a religious function to be organised at the school. Siddharth complained of severe pain the next day and was taken to the Victoria Hospital, in Gohalpur, where he was diagnosed with fracture in the hand. A complaint was later lodged by the family of the boy against the school and Thakur.
Gohalpur town inspector Vipin Tamrakar told HT that Singh in her statement to the police had maintained that some of her students had told her that Siddharth was riding a two-wheeler near his house and had fallen off the vehicle. The boy was experiencing pain on his left arm after the incident, Singh said.
Tamrakar said the police would now verify the claims of Singh, record statements of more people, including teachers and students of the institute.