A five-year-old Class I student suffered a head injury and needed stitches after being allegedly thrashed by his school principal and manager Balvin Khandelwal in the Govindpuram area of Ghaziabad on Friday.
Sanjog Kumar was allegedly beaten up by principal of Bright Land Public school after he ran out of his classroom and repeatedly disobeyed his class teacher, the police said.
The child suffered an injury after he hit his head on a bench in the classroom. He was later taken to Sanjay Nagar district hospital by his parents.
Sanjog's parents have lodged a complaint at the Kavi Nagar police station against the school officials, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said.
However, Khandelwal denied the allegations and told Hindustan Times that the boy was running around in the classroom when he slipped and hurt himself.
"It was just an accident. The allegations are baseless as we maintain strict check on any such activities. We even informed his parents and they did not allow us to take him to hospital," Khandelwal said.
On the other hand, Sanjog told Hindustan Times that he was thrashed by the principal while he was trying to go out of the classroom. "The principal pushed me and beat me up. I fell over the bench and got hurt," he said.
The doctors said the boy needed around five stitches on his forehead. Sanjog's father Sanjay Kumar, who runs an electronic business in Ghaziabad, said the school officials were responsible for the injuries. "When we reached school, he was lying in a pool of blood and had been left unattended. When we confronted the staff, the principal asked us to leave and also threatened to give Sanjog's transfer certificate," Sanjay Kumar told Hindustan Times.
"We are inquiring into the incident. We will send a report to the district administration about the incident," the SSP said.