The director of a local school was thrashed to death in Bihar by angry villagers after two students of the school were found dead in a water body near its premises on Sunday.
Residents of the village Nirpur, adjacent to district headquarters Biharsharif in Nalanda, went on a rampage shortly after the bodies of two boys were found from a ditch near the ‘DPS’ school.
The school has no connection to the more popular private chain that goes by the same acronym.
The director Devendra Prasad died at the Patna Medical College Hospital where he was taken in a critical condition, police said. The incident took place at Nirpur village, under Nalanda police station limits, about 75 km south-west of Patna.
Nalanda superintendent of police Siddharth said two children of 7 and 8 years of age were among four children who went to a water body near Devendra Prasad Sinha School, a two-room establishment.
Local people and family members thrash a school official. (ANI Photo)
The director was assaulted after the mob torched a school vehicle and set fire to two rooms in the building. The school official succumbed to injuries while being taken to Patna for treatment."This school is a two room establishment. As of now, I am not sure if it is even affiliated to any board. I have asked the district education officer to find out", Nalanda superintendent of police Siddharth told HT late Sunday afternoon.
Residents of the village Nirpur, adjacent to district headquarters Biharsharif, went on a rampage shortly after the bodies of two boys were found. (HT Photo)
According to the SP, the two children who were found in a ditch were in the age group of “seven and eight”. They were part of a group of four students who had gone near the ditch.
“It appears they had gone there to relieve themselves when two of the group slipped and fell into the water and drowned this (Sunday) morning. It had rained yesterday and the water level in the ditch had risen”, he explained.
Police were rushed to the neighbourhood as a mob blaming the school authorities turned violent. “Six policemen were injured while trying to quell the mob”, Sunil Kumar, a Nalanda police officer, said.
The SP said the police faced stiff resistance from the mob when it reached the spot around 10:30am, “When the acting SHO of Nalanda could not control the situation, a larger police party headed by a deputy SP was rushed to the spot”, he added.