A teacher of Government Higher Secondary School, Darhal Malkan, in the district has been booked on the charge of kicking a Class 9 student in the stomach.
The boy, Ishtiyaq Ahmad, suffered severe abdominal pain and was taken to the district hospital here. Later, he was shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Jammu, as local doctors suspected damage to one of his kidneys.
Sources said the teacher, Mohammad Latief, confronted Ishtiyaq near the school boundary wall on August 14 over some dispute. In a fit of rage, he allegedly kicked Ishtiyaq in the abdomen.
Later, Ishtiyaq reported the matter to the principal and other teachers. He was taken first to a hospital at Darhal, then to the district hospital and later to the GMCH.
"A case has been registered against the teacher under sections 323 and 341 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). He is camping at Jammu along with students," said Raj Kumar, deputy superintendent of police (DSP). He said the police were awaiting the medical report.
Dr KK Gupta, a surgeon at the district hospital here, said, "The boy suffered excessive internal bleeding, which could have led to kidney damage."
The school management informed the chief education officer (CEO), following which the teacher was suspended, pending an inquiry into the incident.
"We will form a committee to investigate the matter. If the teacher is found guilty of kicking the student, he can be terminated. All expenses incurred on the boy's treatment will be deducted from his salary," said Mohammad Arif, deputy CEO.
He said the final report of the inquiry committee would be submitted to the commissioner; secretary, education; director, education; and deputy commissioner, Rajouri, for appropriate action against the teacher.