School stabbing case Lucknow: Girl suspect gets interim bail
The Class 7 girl student, suspected of stabbing Class 1 boy Hrithik Sharma on the Brightland School premises here on Tuesday, was released from the girls’ juvenile home in Barabanki after the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Lucknow granted her interim bail.lucknow Updated: Jan 20, 2018 15:23 IST
The Class 7 girl student, suspected of stabbing Class 1 boy Hrithik Sharma on the Brightland School premises here on Tuesday, was released from the girls’ juvenile home in Barabanki after the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Lucknow granted her interim bail on Friday.
The board will take up the suspect’s regular bail issue on January 30.
“The JJB has granted interim bail to the girl after examining her age-related documents. As per documents procured from the school, she would turn 12 in March this year,” said inspector of Aliganj police station Brijesh Singh.
Six-year-old Hrithik was stabbed repeatedly by the senior girl student after she took him to a toilet on second floor of the school building in Aliganj’s Triveni Nagar–III locality on Tuesday.
The school management, however, lodged an FIR in the matter on Wednesday after the picture of injured Hrithik went viral on social media.
While the girl and her parents denied her involvement in the crime, the police zeroed in on her after the boy identified her through her photograph.
Singh said the girl apparently stabbed Hrithik to get the school closed. The boy has told the cops that while stabbing him, the girl murmured that the school will be closed if she kills him. Later, a kitchen knife and a scarf used in tying the boy’s limbs were also recovered from the school premises.
He said a police team is trying to ascertain the exact reason behind the stabbing and added that they have sought help from the child welfare committee to question her as the girl is below 12 years of age.
Singh said they have recovered a kitchen knife, a scarf used in tying the boy’s limbs, and hair strands of the attacker from the boy’s clothes and the crime spot. All the items have been sent for forensic examination. He said a request has been made to the forensic experts to examine the items on priority so that doubts over the girl’s involvement are cleared.
On Thursday police had arrested Rachit Manas, principal and co-director of Brightland School, after slapping charges of negligence in ensuring safety of students and not informing about the incident to police for over 24 hours. He was, however, later released after a court granted him bail.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath also visited the injured child at Trauma Centre on Thursday.
First Published: Jan 20, 2018 15:23 IST