Bringing to fore how ill-trained the SAS Nagar police are in dealing with children, Class 5 students were threatened and beaten up on the theft complaint by the school teacher.
Making the matters worse was the attitude of the school management and the education department officials who failed to take any action in this regard.
Students of Class 5 of Government School at Phase 6 had alleged that their teacher Suman had accused them of stealing Rs 10,000 that had allegedly gone missing from her purse on Wednesday. She had first enquired from the children on her own, but when it failed to yield any result, she called the police.
The PCR cops who came to the school threatened the kids and a cop, who has been identified as Sarabjeet, allegedly slapped the kids too. As per the kids’ parents, the cops threatened, slapped the children and forcibly made them sit in a vehicle threatening to take them in to custody.
Irked over the treatment meted out to the kids, the parents contacted a local councillor RP Sharma, who took the matter with the school authorities. “The way children have been treated by the teacher and the police is highly condemnable,” he added.
When contacted, the cop, who was accused of slapping and threatening the kids, Sarabjeet said, “I never touched the children. We had just made them sit in the PCR vehicle and threatened them to take them in to custody. This was done only to make sure that the kids own up the responsibility for the theft. The children were, however, dropped on the gate itself.”
Meanwhile, the school management on Friday washed their hands of the responsibility, saying that the incident took place after the school hours. They even claimed that the teacher in question has not come to the school. DEO Mewa Singh, when contacted, disconnected the phone and did not pick the phone despite repeated attempts.