Lucknow school stabbing: Cops to bring victim, suspect face to face to ascertain truth
A 12-year-old girl, now in a juvenile remand home, allegedly stabbed a six-year-old boy on January 16 in a school toilet in Lucknow’s Brightland School.lucknow Updated: Jan 31, 2018 17:08 IST
Police in Lucknow said on Wednesday they will bring the six-year-old boy and the senior girl student suspected of stabbing him in the city’s Brightland School face to face to “get some clarity over the sequence of events”.
“We are still not aware of the correct sequence of events on the day when the boy was stabbed. The boy is narrating a different sequence of events while the girl, who has been denying her involvement since the beginning, is narrating a different sequence,” a policeman associated with the probe said.
The 12-year-old, now in a juvenile remand home, allegedly stabbed Hrithik Sharma on January 16 in a 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 Class 1 student suffered injuries to his chest, abdomen and the left eye.
The girl, a Class 7 student, allegedly wanted the school to close early. The incident was reported by school authorities only after photographs of the injured boy became viral on social media.
The officer said the process would be recorded on camera as proof for further investigation and legal proceedings.
“We are handling the case with care as it is related to two minors. The process is taking time because the police could not question them directly like in cases of adult victims or suspects,” he added.
Police recovered a kitchen knife from the crime scene and presented it as the main evidence against the suspect. However, a report from the State Forensic Science Laboratory (SFSL) in Lucknow suggested that the knife was tampered with.
Deputy director of the SFSL G Khan said a detailed examination suggested that the knife, which had the boy’s blood, was rubbed on the ground with the intent of tampering it, and that the fingerprints unit would further examine it.
Another person associated with the laboratory said the physical examination of hair strands allegedly of the girl that were found on the boy’s clothes also could not establish anything.
He added a DNA sampling would confirm whether the hair was that of the suspect and that it would take more time.
The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Tuesday deferred the hearing over the routine bail for the girl for Wednesday due to the unavailability of a board member. The board provided interim bail to the suspect on January 19 and the next hearing was fixed for January 30.
The principal of the school, Rachit Manas was arrested for negligence and concealment of the crime. Manas was later granted bail by a court.