Bengal: 6-year-old ‘beaten’ by teacher and school owner’s son dies, accused arrested

Authorities also directed the school management to shut the institution for the time being.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2018 13:15 IST
Koushik Dutta
Koushik Dutta
Hindustan Times, Midnapore
Schoolboy,West Bengal,Purulia
Other parents said they tried to take their children out of the school as soon as they learnt about the incident, but were not allowed into the hostel.(File Photo)

A teacher and the son of a school owner in Bengal’s Purulia district have been arrested for allegedly beating a six-year-old student, who died on Saturday night.

Authorities also directed the school management to shut the institution for the time being.

Teacher, Rajib Mahato and Chinmay Shastri, son of Jyotirmoy Shastri who is the owner of Gurukul Ashram, a residential primary school, were arrested on the basis of a complaint by Rupchand Soren, whose son Laxmipada Soren died after being allegedly beaten up by the two.

Laxmipada used to stay in the hostel of the school located at Mudidi in Bandwan of Purulia district.

On Saturday, his family was informed that he was not feeling well and was taken to Bandwan block primary health centre. When they reached the health centre, Rupchand learnt that his son was beaten up.

However, Chhaya Sashtri, the wife of school owner Jyotirmoy Sashtri, claimed that no one beat Laxmipada and there was no negligence. “As soon as we got information that the student fell ill, we took him to hospital,” she said.

Other parents said they tried to take their children out of the school as soon as they learnt about the incident, but were not allowed into the hostel.

A Purulia court sent the accused to 14 days’ police custody on Sunday.

Bandowan MLA said the accused must be punished if they are found guilty.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 12:34 IST