Two teachers and a clerical employee were assaulted by two students and their 20-odd accomplices at Government Senior Secondary School in Manawala village, about 25km from here, on Wednesday. Reason: One of the teachers had stopped the students from using a mobile phone in school.
It was in the morning that the two students — not named as they are under-18 accused now of attempt to murder — entered the school with a group of men and started beating up mathematics teacher Gurpinder Singh.
As another teacher, Gurpreet Kaur, came to his rescue, she was hit on the head and had to be taken to a hospital. A clerk, identified only as Vishal, was similarly thrashed. One of the boys was later arrested, said Amritsar-rural senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jasdeep Singh. “On Tuesday, Gurpinder Singh had stopped these two from using a mobile phone. As he had tried to take it from one of them, the phone had fallen down and an argument had taken place.” They carried out the attack to avenge that perceived insult. A case was registered under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code against eight persons so far.
The district education officer rushed to the school after the incident, while education minister Daljit Singh Cheema too condemned the attack, and enquired about the three employees’ well-being over phone.