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Did not jump, says Atharva Gupta; records statement with police

In a startling revelation, Class 8 DAV student Atharva Gupta told police that neither did he attempt suicide nor did he jump off his school building. He, however, recalled the ‘horror’ of being thrashed mercilessly by his teachers. The 13-year-old recorded his statement on Monday, accusing teachers of beating him up in a room following which he ‘fainted’. Weeping inconsolably, Atharva said he did not remember anything else.

punjab Updated: Sep 20, 2016 16:24 IST
HT Correspondent
Atharva Gupta
Eleven days after the incident, the mystery has deepened. So far, this was being perceived as an attempt to suicide.

In a startling revelation, Class 8 DAV student Atharva Gupta told police that neither did he attempt suicide nor did he jump off his school building. He, however, recalled the ‘horror’ of being thrashed mercilessly by his teachers. The 13-year-old recorded his statement on Monday, accusing teachers of beating him up in a room following which he ‘fainted’. Weeping inconsolably, Atharva said he did not remember anything else.

On September 8, the boy had allegedly jumped off the fifth floor of his school building after teachers beat him up for talking to a female student. He is recovering at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Eleven days after the incident, the mystery has deepened. So far, this was being perceived as an attempt to suicide.

Additional deputy commissioner of police Ratan Singh Brar said they had recorded the statements of the student and the investigations was on.

The case so far

Police has booked the principal and four teachers of DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road, on Atharva’s father’s complaint. The case is registered under sections of causing hurt, criminal intimidation and wrongful restraint. No arrests have been made so far. The district education department also sent a six-member team to the school last Thursday on orders issued by Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema. The inquiry report is yet to come out.

The incident led to uproar among classmates, ex-students and parents of students, who staged protests against the school authorities demanding their immediate arrest.