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Boy suffers burns after hot dal thrown at him; accused cook says it fell by accident

The parents of the child Prince Kumar alleged that the cook Nemwati Bai deliberately threw dal at him on January 23 as she was angry with him for some reason.

bhopal Updated: Jan 30, 2018 20:18 IST
Punya Priya Mitra
Punya Priya Mitra
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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Prince’s father Rajkumar Ateshwar said the school had not provided any first aid or any treatment to Prince, and neither did they inform superiors.(Shutterstock/Representative image)

A class 1 boy suffered burns after a mid-day meal cook threw hot dal at him in a primary school in Ludra village of tribal Dindori district, about 400 km west of Bhopal.

The parents of the child Prince Kumar alleged that the cook Nemwati Bai deliberately threw dal at him on January 23 as she was angry with him for some reason.

However, Nemwati denied this allegation, saying that the dal fell on Prince accidentally when he came running. She claimed that she had told her superiors about the incident, but a school teacher M L Bangar denied the same.

Prince’s father Rajkumar Ateshwar said the school had not provided any first aid or any treatment to Prince, and neither did they inform superiors. Also, no action was taken by the local police.

A day after the incident, unable to bear the pain, the boy was taken to the Dindori district hospital, where the police post took cognisance of the incident and informed authorities.

Assistant commissioner, tribal welfare department, Prashant Arya said the department came to know of the incident only on Monday and assured action against the guilty.

The contract of the self-help group serving the mid-day meal in the school, has been suspended, and action is likely against the cook after inquiry, officials of the tribal welfare department said.

A team from Child Protection Commission met the boy on Tuesday and issued a notice to the primary school management, local officials said.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 15:45 IST