A school turned into a virtual battleground when two groups of students got into a fight allegedly over a girl, in Timarpur in North Delhi on Wednesday morning.
Three students were injured.
According to the police, the incident was reported around 10 a.m. from Government Sarvodya Co-ed School in Nehru Vihar.
A teacher’s motorcycle and a bicycle parked inside the school premises were set on fire by the students.
The injured students Vikas, Sudhir and Jitender, all of whom go by their first names, were students of Class 11.
Police said the school authorities made a PCR call complaining about outsiders — around 15 people — had entered the school and were thrashing some students.
“Several policemen were rushed to the spot but by then the outsiders had fled,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“The injured students who had suffered fractures in their hands and legs were rushed to Shushruta Trauma Center, where they are undergoing treatment.”
Accused are students
The police said the victims were in their respective classes when the outsiders including eight former students of the school dragged them out and thrashed them with rods and batons.
The assault continued for about 10 minutes till the teachers, who also suffered minor injuries, intervened.
The police said preliminary investigations revealed the drama began after one of the victims allegedly passed a lewd comment on a Class 12 girl of the same school.
The girl — reportedly the sister of one of the accused —informed her brother who took his friends and threatened the boy.
The police said the incident was pre-planned, as only three boys were targeted. None of the victims suffered injuries on their heads.
The victims however told the police they had not passed any lewd comments on the girls.
parents blame school management
Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sagar Preet Hooda said the police have identified the accused.
“All study in the same school but are on the run. We do not know over why they clashed,” he said.
“We are questioning some of the students to know the cause behind the incident.”
Meanwhile, parents of the students carried out a protest against the school management.
They claimed the school was extremely unsafe for children.
Lakhpati Raj a parent said, “I had sent a written complaint to the Delhi government on October 22 against the school principal about how unsafe the school is. I had written this letter after one of the students slashed his knife on my face. I was trying to protect my son from being beaten up, when I was attacked.”