An hour before they murdered their teacher, the two Class 12 boys had gone to the vice-principal’s office seeking the 17-year-old student’s transfer certificate. The juvenile had been rusticated because of low attendance.
While they spoke inside the vice-principal’s office, Vivek Jha, 18, the juvenile’s associate, had a knife hidden under his shirt. The two told police that the vice-principal refused to give the transfer certificate and instead asked them to meet their class teacher Mukesh Kumar.
“They told us they were furious and would have knifed the principal in his room but could not do it because other teachers came there,” an officer said.
At around 5 pm, they met Kumar who was in room number 108 on the first floor of the building. “Kumar asked them to write an application for the transfer certificate. They were already furious with him for trying to improve them. As per their plan, they decided to stab him,” said an investigating officer.
MURDER PLANNED A WEEK AGO
A week before they stabbed Kumar, the two had planned to kill him. For a week, they saved around Rs 200. On Monday afternoon, they went to the local Sultanpuri market near the school and bought a knife for Rs 100. Jha had hidden the knife under his shirt.
The 17-year-old was rusticated around three months ago. He was taken back after parents requested the school authorities. He was again rusticated on September 12 for poor attendance.
“While the juvenile was expelled, Jha was on the verge of being expelled. On September 13 — a day after the juvenile’s expulsion — some students reportedly sent an anonymous chit to the vice-principal that Jha and the juvenile have planned a murder. Their parents were called and the matter was settled,” an officer said adding that the school vice-principal had threatened to inform the police the next time.
Joint commissioner (south west), Dependra Pathak, said the police were not informed by school authorities.
Jha and the juvenile told police that Kumar was hard on them and abused them in the class. Police are probing the role of other students, who may have known about the murder.