A 14-year-old Class 9 student at St Patrick's School, Anand Nagar, Haibowal, was beaten brutally by the school principal's son, who claims to be the employee of the school handling clerical jobs.
Anil Kumar, the student who received the beating, while narrating the incident said, "The school timings are from 8am and it was only 7.50am, when I was going to the gurudwara with my friends. Suddenly Arun Sir (28), who doesn't even teach us called us on the way to the gurdwara and took us to school. After reaching the school my two friends were allowed to leave, but I was beaten badly with a stick."
Victim's father, Ram Kumar, who owns a small hair-cutting salon said, "My son was beaten badly with a stick in the morning, when he was going to pray at a gurudwara near the school with his two other friends. Arun, the son of the principal OP Sharma beat him with a stick. I saw the marks on his back, when he came back and was complaining of severe pain."
The father added, "I contacted the principal's son immediately, who claimed that my son takes drugs, which is why he was beaten up."
"Who is he to put such blame on my son?" he asked.
The father said he was told to withdraw the name of his son from the school 'if they cannot tolerate him beating his son.'
The elder brother of the victim, who is a pass-out from the same school, said, "Arun handles clerical jobs such as collecting fee, documents and other petty jobs in the adjoining room of his father. He doesn't hold any authority to handle students. But still he bully students and tries to harass them by using abusive language and by calling their parents without any reason."
"His behaviour becomes worse, when the principal is not in school. Once I went to submit the fee and asked for the balance, but he simply refused and using abusive terms said 'apne budey nu bula ke leya, koi paise nahi modne assi' (call you father, we are not returning any money)," the victim's elder brother added.
When HT contacted Arun, he refused to comment and put the phone down deliberately and later switched it off.