Four Class 4 and 5 students held for attempt to murder Class 1 junior in Odisha
The four accused boys, all between nine and 11 years old, broke arms of a six-year-old because they ‘wanted to teach him a lesson’.india Updated: Jan 15, 2018 19:55 IST
A six-year-old Class 1 student of a government-run residential school in Odisha’s Koraput district was beaten to within an inch of his life, allegedly by four seniors from Class 4 and Class 5, police said on Monday.
“The four accused boys, all between nine and 11 years old, broke both arms of their junior. They also pinned him by sitting on his chest and hit him with their fists and stones,” said a police officer associated with the investigation.
“They threw their victim into a drain near their school, thinking he was dead,” added the officer, sharing what the Class 1 student, who spent a night in the drain, and the accused boys told the police.
“The juvenile accused said they wanted to teach the Class 1 student a lesson because he had gotten into a fight with one of them,” said the officer. He did not want to be named.
Police zeroed in on the accused boys on Sunday after their victim regained consciousness — four days after the assault — and gave their names.
Along with Indian Penal Code sections related to wrongful restraint and causing grievous hurt, police have slapped attempt to murder charge against the four minors, who were produced before the district juvenile justice board.
Koraput sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Balabhadra Deep said, “All four were sent to a juvenile home.”
Deep said the four accused boys had asked their junior to join them for games on Wednesday evening. “This is when they allegedly assaulted him.”
After the Class 1 student could not be traced on Wednesday night, school authorities informed his father. “After a long search, the boy was found from the drain on Thursday afternoon,” said Deep. “Apart from the fractured arms, the child has multiple injuries on his chest and neck. He is undergoing treatment at a hospital.”
Two of the accused minors are in Class 4 and two in Class 5, said police.
First Published: Jan 15, 2018 19:54 IST