A Class-10 student, who had jumped from his school building in north Kashmir more than a week ago, lost his battle with life on Monday.
While parents blamed a teacher of Baramulla Public School for ‘rebuking and pushing’ their ward from the school building, an eyewitness told Hindustan Times that Tanveer Singh, 16, jumped “on his own” from the first floor.
Police have arrested the 40-year-old Mathematics teacher, Altaf Hussain and registered a case under Section 325 for “voluntarily causing grievous hurt” after complaint by the parents.
Father of a student said: “The teacher used to verbally torture the students in the school. And he would do it more with our kid for being a Sikh.”
He said: “On August 25 when my son went to school for a group photograph, the teacher did not allow him to be part of the snap. When my son resisted, he pushed him off from the second floor of the building.”
However, Jaipal Singh, a physical education teacher, in the school and eyewitness to the case, differed with the parent's account. He said: “I was in the ground and the boy was on verandah of the first floor of the school building. He was looking down, when I saw him. And suddenly he jumped on the concrete floor below. Nobody pushed him.”
Principal of the school Sheikh Ghulam Mohammad said: “Is it possible that a teacher would push his student from a building? The teacher they are blaming is an experienced and matured person. Besides, he is also a disciplinarian.”
He said that the school had enough percentage of Sikh students as well as teachers.
He said: “Infact an eyewitness to the case is one of our teachers belonging to Sikh community. And the teacher whom they are blaming was not even teaching the class at that time. The boy had excused himself from other teacher to go to bathroom when he jumped.”
The principal said that Tanveer Singh was not a regular student of their school.
He said: “He was a regular student upto Class-9, but as his performance over the years continued to worsen, we could not promote him to Class-10. However, after his parents insisted repeatedly, he was allowed to attend the class on humanitarian grounds.”
“From the very beginning of the session we had advised his parents to take special care of him. I can't say about the mental state of the boy when he jumped,” the principal added.