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Principal, 2 others booked for abetment to suicide after class 5 student self-immolates in Chhindwara

The 12-year-old boy allegedly took the extreme step after a teacher scolded and caned him for getting into a fight with a classmate

bhopal Updated: Sep 17, 2017 11:38 IST
Neeraj Santoshi
Neeraj Santoshi
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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Police booked a teacher, principal and a manager of a Madhya Pradesh school on charges of abetment to suicide of a class 5 student . (Getty Images/iStockphoto for representational purpose )

A case of abetment to suicide was registered on Saturday against a teacher, principal and a manager of a school in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara district after a class 5 student of the institute committed self immolation.

The 12-year-old boy allegedly set himself on fire on September 8 after a lady teacher scolded and caned him and took him to the school manager and the principal for picking up a fight earlier in the day with one of his classmates at Vanasthali Public School. The school authorities also asked the student to bring his parents to the school next day.

The boy, identified as Ayush Tiwari, succumbed to the burn injuries on Friday.

Chhindwara Kotwali police station in-charge Sumer Singh, quoting Ayush’s father, told HT over phone that the boy after returning home from school took the extreme step by sprinkling kerosene over himself.

With nearly 50 % injuries, he was rushed to a hospital in Nagpur in neighbouring Maharashtra, where he succumbed to the injuries .

The school authorities had agreed to bear the cost of the boy’s treatment.

The police filed the FIR against the three based on the statement of the father of the deceased. They have been booked under section 305 of the IPC that deals with abetment to suicide of a child or an insane person.

Chhindwara police, however, said they were yet to arrest the three accused.

“We are investigating the case after which follow up action will be taken”, Singh added.

First Published: Sep 17, 2017 11:38 IST