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Noida: Man who sodomised student was a trusted staff member

The principal of the school said on Thursday that the accused Ashok Mishra (35) had been working as an administrative assistant for the five years. Mishra’s job was to ‘screen’ visitors of the principal. He also used to sell school diaries, resource books and uniforms to students. He had access to the entire building, including the teachers’ staff room.

noida Updated: Oct 26, 2017 23:10 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
Noida,abuse,sodomy
The principal of the school said on Thursday that the accused Ashok Mishra (35) had been working as an administrative assistant for the five years.

The school management whose administrative staff member was arrested for allegedly sodomizing an 11-year-old foreign student in Greater Noida said the accused was a trusted member and had access to the entire building.

The principal of the school said on Thursday that the accused Ashok Mishra (35) had been working as an administrative assistant for the five years.

On Monday, a student of class 6, complained to his mother that he was being sodomized by a school staff for the last four years. The parents alleged the sexual assault used to take place in a toilet on the second floor of the school building.

“On Monday, two police officers had come to our school to inquire about Mishra. Since he was entrusted with installing GPS in school buses, I thought the police wanted to talk to him about that but it was at 9.45pm that I got to know that he was in police custody. He was a trusted member of the staff and was respected by everyone. We have never had any complaints regarding his behaviour,” the school’s principal said.

A police complaint was lodged by the parents and the accused was taken into custody.

Mishra’s job was to ‘screen’ visitors of the principal. He also used to sell school diaries, resource books and uniforms to students. He had access to the entire building, including the teachers’ staff room.

“Mishra was acquainted with the entire staff and was a trusted employee. However, we have a strict policy under which no non-teaching staff can enter the floors without making an entry in the register,” the principal said.

A total of 700 students study in the school from nursery to class 12 and among them, seven students are foreign nationals. A total of 12 male staff are employed in the school.

After parents approached the school on Wednesday regarding safety measures, the management decided to install 30 additional CCTV cameras and GPS in all school buses.

“We had started the process of installing the cameras and the wiring is still being done. GPS devices are also being installed in the buses. However, due to Diwali vacations, the entire process could not be completed,” said the principal.

The school has also suspended child counsellor services, including a POCSO committee and anti-bullying committee. “We have constituted a six-member committee to investigate the incident and for now, we have suspended Ashok Mishra. We will restart the child counsellor services,” said the principal.

Girish Kotiya, station house officer, Surajpur police station, who is investigating the case, refused to provide further details. “The accused has been sent to judicial custody. We are probing this case from all possible angles,” said Kotiya.

First Published: Oct 26, 2017 23:10 IST