The police secured the release of a Class 10 student from Thailand who had allegedly been locked up in a hostel room by officials of St Stephen’s School after obtaining a search warrant from the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday.
According to sources, the student, Nopparat Srimuang, was detained after he told the authorities he wanted to return home and the school feared they would lose out financially on account of unpaid tuition and other fees.
However, the student’s local guardian, Anchalee Seaghtong, also a Thai national and who studies at Panjab University, claimed the boy wanted to go back to his country after encountering difficulties in adjusting to the local environment. She said after the principal refused to allow the boy to leave she filed a petition in the high court seeking his custody.
Anchalee said she visited the school on Tuesday after the boy’s parents called her up from Thailand.
She accused the school authorities of wrongly confining her ward in a hostel room and not allowing her to see him.
“I was told if he wanted to quit school then I’d have to deposit tuition and hostel fees for the next year. I then decided to approach the high court”.
Meanwhile, the school’s principal, Roy Da Silva, claimed the police forcibly took the boy from the hostel and even assaulted the hostel staff.
The court has fixed the next date of hearing on October 7.