Authorities of Dehradun Public School (DDPS) in Ghaziabad have dismissed four students and issued transfer certificates to them, a day after they attacked a Class 11 inside his classroom.
During the incident, a Class 11 boy was shot at inside his classroom by another student, accompanied by three others who attacked the victim with belts, during lunch break on Wednesday. The boy suffered injuries from the gunshot and was rushed to a private hospital, while the student who fired at him was nabbed by the school authorities and handed over to police.
“The school management has taken a strict view and all the four students involved in the attack were given transfer certificactes. They will not be allowed inside the school anymore. From now on, there will be a strict checking of school bags,” said Renuka Sharma, principal, DDPS Govindpuram.
The school has nearly 3,000 students, including those coming from neighbouring villages as well as other semi urban and rural areas. The injured student hails from a village in Dadri, Greater Noida.
Vinod Bhati, father of the victim, said that he was informed about an injury to his son on Wednesday. “I asked my son why he was attacked. He explained that a day before, a cousin of the accused had disobeyed a teacher, and he intervened. The act led to some altercation. The school officials had intervened to settle the matter, and made them shake hands. But on Wednesday, his cousin brought a weapon along and fired at my son,” Bhati said.
The school authorities also said that they had counselled both the students the same day and that the firing next day was unanticipated.
“We are still in shock of hearing a gunshot inside the campus. It was something unexpected. We do inspect bags of students, but that is generally to check if they bring mobile phones to school. We never expect a student to carry a weapon in his bag. Even parents of the accused seem to be in the dark about what their child had in his bag,” said Sharma.
The accused student was booked for attempt to murder at Kavi Nagar police station.
“He (the victim) beat up my brother, so I brought the weapon from home in my school bag. I had brought along two cartridges as well, and loaded the weapon inside the school,” said the accused student, who is son of a property dealer in neighbouring Dasna.