A Class 8 student, who ran away from his Delhi home on Saturday, was found dead in mysterious circumstances at Faridabad on Monday. The student's parents blamed corporal punishment by a teacher for the boy's death.
Pushkar, 14, a student of the Central School in Pitampura of northwest Delhi, ran away from his home on Saturday along with his friend Vikram Bhatt after a teacher reportedly scolded and beat him up.
His father Jagdish Singh filed a missing person complaint at the Pitampura police station. His body was recovered from near railway tracks in Faridabad on the outskirts of the capital Monday morning. Vikram was caught by the railway police and handed over to his parents.
Pushkar's family blamed the school authorities for the death.
"The teacher had humiliated Pushkar and beaten him up after he was caught cheating in an examination. He ran away from home after that and committed suicide," said Vijay Kumar, a relative of the boy.
School principal AK Sharma refuted the claim.
"The boy died in an accident and the school has nothing to do with it. In fact, once he had complained to one of our teachers that he was often roughed up by his father and was suffering from depression," Sharma told reporters.
The school was closed soon after the news of the accident spread.
Vikram said the two of them were not good in studies and had decided to go to Mumbai after repeated scolding at the school.
"Pushkar and I boarded a train, but we were in different compartments. I didn't know he had met with an accident before police officials told me," he said.
Senior police officials said the reason behind the death had not been ascertained and investigations were underway.