The murder of a teacher by two Class 12 students in a Delhi government school triggered protests on Tuesday, with the victim’s colleagues demanding a speedy probe into the incident.
Mukesh Kumar, a Hindi teacher, was allegedly attacked with a knife at Government Boys Senior Secondary School in west Delhi’s Nangloi around 5pm on Monday. The 45-year-old succumbed to his injuries later that night.
“This incident has happened to a very nice person. He was a very hard-working teacher. The whole society of teachers is very sad over this incident. And we demand that the government gives the kin of the deceased Rs 5 crore as compensation and his children government jobs according to their calibre.
“...we also demand that those students be punished,” said Rajbeer, senior vice-president of a committee of government school teachers.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has announced an aid of Rs 1 crore for Kumar’s family. He said his government respects teachers and thinks the contribution of a teacher in the society is as important as a soldier guarding the border.
A history teacher in the same school said the accused were regular offenders. They attacked Kumar after he allegedly informed their parents about their indiscipline.
“The boys were regular miscreants. They used to create indiscipline all the time, they even used to bunk classes and the school. They had a group. We did counsel them, but it had no effect. The victim, Mukesh Kumarji, was their class teacher.
“We tried to inform their parents, summoned them but none of them paid heed. Then, we posted letters when parents of a few children came to the school and we informed them,” said Jasveer Chillar, the history teacher.
Chillar said the incident took place after 5pm when Kumar was arranging answer sheets after an examination. He also said that the accused stabbed Kumar and ran away.
“We came running, but by that time the accused had run away...We tried to catch them, but they jumped across the wall and ran away,” he said.
Police have identified the two boys and detained them.