Hours after he fell out with a classmate over Rs 100, a 15-year-old boy’s battered body was recovered from the tracks at Nizamuddin Railway Station on Sunday morning.
Pankaj Kumar Nautiyal, a student of class X at a government school in Defence Colony area, had been missing since Saturday. Police said they recovered his body from the railway station at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
“He had left the house for school at 7:15 a.m. Three hours later, my eldest daughter Anju got a call from the principal claiming that he had been in brawl with his classmate over the Rs 100 that I had given him to pay his school fee,” said Chanda Devi (45), Pankaj's mother, a resident of Sewa Nagar.
When his brother Sunil (19) reached the school about 15 minutes later, he was told that Pankaj had scaled the school’s wall and fled after being ‘counselled’ by his class teacher and principal. “They told Sunil that Pankaj had fallen out with his classmate Sachin Nagar over Rs 100. According to his teachers, Pankaj was alleging that Sachin had stolen the Rs 100 that I had given him for his fee from his notebook.”
His family approached the Kotla Mubarak Police Station when Pankaj didn’t return till evening.
“From there, we were told to go to the Defense Colony Police Station. After registering a written complaint and keeping a passport size picture of Pankaj, they asked us to come on Sunday with a bigger picture so that they could find him,” Chanda Devi said.
But even before they could reach the police station to deliver his picture, the Nautiyals were told that his body had been found on the railway tracks.
“Prima facie it seems like a case of suicide. The victim’s body was found in a condition peculiar to that of train accident victims.
We are investigating the matter,” police said.