A student was rushed to hospital after being beaten allegedly by his schoolteacher in Murshidabad. The incident took place on Saturday.
It was alleged that the student’s kin were turned away when they went to lodge a complaint at Sagardighi police station.
According to local sources, Ritwik Das (12), a Class 7 student at Sagardighi SN High School, was playing with friends between classes when the accused, Bidyut Mondal, walked in and spotted him with a cane in hand.
It was alleged that Mondal took the cane and started raining blows on the 12-year-old. The student slumped wounded and later fell ill.
Sources claimed not one teacher rushed to his rescue or had him shifted to hospital.
Getting word of the assault, Das’s father rushed to the school and took him to Sagardighi hospital.
“My son was out playing with friends after his class got over. Seeing them at play, his teacher (Mondal) told them to head back to the classroom saying the midday meal had been served. They did as told but were back out soon as the meal hadn’t been served,” Rajkumar Das, Ritwik’s father, told HT.
“My son had picked up a cane and was standing outside his classroom when the teacher came around again. Mondal snatched the cane from his hand and beat him up,” the father said.
“My son begged to be let off, but the teacher kicked him instead. He hurt him so much that he couldn’t even make it back to his classroom. His classmates later brought him back. My son pleaded with his teachers to let him get home, as he wasn’t feeling well. But the teachers refused,” the father said.
“His friends later told me what happened. I rushed to his school and found him crying in pain. He has wounds all over his body. He even had trouble walking. I got him admitted to a nearby hospital,” the father said.
His family members later got him discharged after signing off on a bond. “Last (Saturday) night, I went to lodge a complaint at Sagardighi police station. But I was turned away instead,” the father said.
Despite repeated attempts, the accused teacher couldn’t be reached for comments on the incident.
A senior officer of Sagardighi police station denied not taking the complaint, saying, “We’ll act once we get a written complaint.”