A student shot the principal of his school after he was pulled up for not wearing his uniform at Jaora in Ratlam district on Saturday. The principal was hospitalised in a critical condition.
Sources said the accused, a student of class 9, would frequently get into trouble with the school administration over attendance issues. The boy came to school on Saturday, but in civilian clothes, spurring the principal to send him home with a warning.
Later, the student returned and shot the principal in the abdomen with a 12-bore countrymade pistol. He then fled from the scene.
The critically injured principal was rushed to a nearby hospital. He was later referred to MY Hospital in Indore.
A hunt has been launched for the minor. “We have registered a case against the boy. Judging by the bullet wound, we can safely assume that the weapon was a countrymade pistol,” said circle sub inspector Deepak Shukla.
In a similar incident this September, two class 12 students stabbed their teacher to death at a school in West Delhi’s Nangloi because he had complained to their parents.
The incident triggered panic among government school staffers, who hit the streets demanding protection from the very students they teach.
Data collected by the National Crime Records Bureau has shown a substantial rise in juvenile crime rate between 2010 and 2014. In the light of such a trend, besides their participation in crimes such as the 2012 Delhi gang rape, Parliament amended the Juvenile Justice Act last year – permitting courts to try minors as adults in cases of exceptional brutality.