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Chess coach held for molestation of Class-2 students in Ludhiana

The victims told their parents that their chess coach had been ‘inappropriately touching’ them.

punjab Updated: Dec 23, 2017 00:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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Parents of school students also held a protest at the school premises.(HT file photo)

Police on Friday arrested a chess coach of Green Land Convent School here after two students of Class 2 accused him of molestation.

Parents of various students of the school in New Subhash Nagar area earlier thrashed accused Daljit Singh, 50. However, the police and school staff intervened and rescued the accused from the irate parents.

Police then nabbed him and registered a case under Sections 354 (molestation) of IPC and 10 and 11 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) against him.

Two 6-year-old girls, both residents of Basti Jodhewal, had accused the coach of molestation a couple of days ago.

On Friday, parents of the victims and other students reached the school and held a protest after making a complaint to the school authorities. School managing director Rajesh Rudra and principal Jyoti Pujara called Daljit for his explanation.

Meanwhile, parents became agitated and thrashed the coach.

Parents of one of the children said their daughter complained about inappropriate touch by the chess teacher on Wednesday. They brought the matter to the knowledge of the principal on the same day.

On Thursday, another student of same class made similar complaints. Her parents immediately made a complaint to the school authorities about it. They alleged that the accused molested girl students by luring them with chocolates.

The accused, a resident of of Shimlapuri, was appointed as chess coach by the school two years ago.

The school management said they suspended Daljit Singh on Wednesday after receiving the first complaint. When another girl made a complaint, they sacked him from the job.

Assistant commissioner of police (ACP-east) Pawanjit Chaudhary said the police are scanning CCTV cameras installed in the classroom.

(The story has been updated)

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 15:17 IST