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DAV student Atharva Gupta attempted suicide, says SIT

Contrary to Class 8 DAV student Atharva Gupta’s statement that he did not jump off the school building, police investigation revealed that the student attempted suicide.

punjab Updated: Oct 05, 2016 12:42 IST
HT Correspondent
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DAV student Atharva Gupta(HT File Photo)

Contrary to Class 8 DAV student Atharva Gupta’s statement that he did not jump off the school building, police investigation revealed that the student attempted suicide.

Amid heated protests by Atharva’s parents and DAV students, police revealed their findings at a press conference on Tuesday.

Police also gave a clean chit to school principal Satwant Kaur Bhullar and claimed that her involvement was not established in the whole episode. Police also removed Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the IPC from the FIR but added Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of Child Act, 2015 in the FIR.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (city 3) Ratan Singh Brar said the FIR under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) and Sections 82 and 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act still stand against the teachers Tajinder Kaur, Rajiv Kumar Panwar, Naveen Kumar and Gopal Das.

Police conducted raids for arresting the accused but they are still at large. “Police investigated the matter thoroughly and recorded statements of witnesses, who told police that Atharva had jumped off the building. Police also scanned CCTV footage installed in the school but the point from where Atharva jumped was not covered by CCTVs,” said Brar, adding, “we conducted an impartial inquiry in the case,” he added.

‘COPS HAND IN GLOVE WITH SCHOOL’

Atharva’s kin rejected the police report alleging that they were already under pressure of the school management. Family members said they will move the court against the police report and will fight for justice. Advocate SP Gupta, Atharva’s uncle, said it was expected that police will favour the school as the attitude of the cops investigating the matter was apathetic right from the beginning. “Police questioned Atharva, who can’t move, repeatedly about the incident and every time he told the police that he did not jump. He was beaten up by the teachers and fainted. When he regained consciousness, he found himself in the hospital,” said Gupta. “Police did not disclose the identity of the eyewitnesses, who saw Atharva jumping. The school authorities can easily influence teachers, students and other employees for giving statements in their favour,” he added. Gupta alleged that police were hand in glove with the school management.

POINTS RAISED BY THE FAMILY

O Why did the principal not call police?

O Why did police clean blood from the spot where he fell?

O Police did not mark the spot where Atharva was found lying.