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Class 1 boy stabbed in Lucknow school: Suspect senior girl ran away from home twice last year

Police say the 12-year-old girl’s runaway behaviour points to psychological issues she may have.

lucknow Updated: Jan 19, 2018 14:28 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath meets the class 1 student, who was stabbed by a senior girl in a Lucknow school, at King George's Medical University on Thursday. (PTI)

A 12-year-old girl accused of stabbing a Class 1 student of her school in Lucknow had fled home twice last year, pointing to psychological issues she may have, police officials involved in the investigations said on Friday.

The juvenile accused’s father, however, dismissed the insinuation but admitted to her fleeing home — once after he scolded him and later due to taunting by a neighbour.

The girl, now in a juvenile remand home, allegedly stabbed the six-year-old on Tuesday in the school toilet, in an incident similar to the killing of a Class 2 student by a senior student at a Gurgaon school last year.

The girl allegedly wanted the school to close early.

“Last year, the girl ran away from the house on two occasions. The first time, it was on September 29 and the second time was November 11,” said Brijesh Singh, station officer of Aliganj.

Another police official investigating the case said a minor girl absconding twice from home in “quick succession raises serious doubt over her behaviour that could be erratic”.

“The juvenile suspect could also have a psychological problem,” the official added.

According to police, after she fled on September 29, the girl was found in the waiting room at Charbagh railway station two days later.

On November 11, she boarded a Punjab-bound train and got down at Saharanpur. The girl was tracked down on November 16, after local people informed police about a minor girl roaming alone.

A staff member of the girl’s school claimed the girl was not good in her studies.

“The girl’s academic record is not good. She often used to hide note books and text books before tests,” said the staff, who did not wish to be named. “The girl was not regular in class. She often used to remain absent.”

However, the girl’s father refuted the allegations.

“I have questioned my daughter many times. She has denied all allegations,” he said.

He also contradicted the school’s assertion that the girl was not good in academics.

“My daughter was regular in school and is good in academics,” he added.

On her running away from home, the father said: “She ran away from the house after I had scolded her over a trivial issue.”

He held a neighbour, who used to taunt the girl, responsible for the second instance of his daughter fleeing.

The neighbour was working as a maid in the school where the suspect was studying. But now, she neither works with the school nor stays near the girl’s house.

“After the first incident, my neighbour used to past sarcastic comments on my daughter. One day, she got fed up due to the constant taunting and left the house again,” said the father.

The suspect’s neighbours and other residents of the colony expressed surprise over the incident.

“I came to know about the incident through newspapers on Thursday morning. I could not believe it. It was only after cops and school staff started arriving at the girl’s house that we came to know that the suspect lives in our colony,” said a neighbour.

For a woman living a few metres away from the suspect’s house, the revelation was nothing less than a shock.

“I cannot imagine even in my dreams that the girl whom I used to meet everyday could do such an act,” said a neighbour.

Some of the neighbours also drew parallels between the incident and the Gurgaon killing.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 14:28 IST