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Teacher’s rebuke led to vandalism spree in Chandigarh by teen, six friends

The Class 12 student and four of his schoolfriends indulged in a frenzy of violence, smashing windscreens of 14 cars on July 27 in the city.

punjab Updated: Jul 31, 2018 12:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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One of the 14 cars damaged by the accused in Chandigarh.(HT File )

A scolding by his teacher drove a Class 12 student and four of his schoolfriends with two adults to indulge in a frenzy of violence, smashing windscreens of 14 cars early on July 27 in Chandigarh’s Sectors 37,40 and 41. Spare tyres, documents and cash were also taken away from the vehicles.

Three days after the incident, police nabbed the five juveniles studying in various government schools in the city and the adults, Mandeep Singh,21, and Yash Anand ,18, of Buterla village in Sector 41.

The five students were sent to a juvenile home and the two adults to police custody.

Singh is an undergraduate and Anand has completed Class 12.

In his confession to the police, the Class 12 student of Government Model School, Sector 40, said he was scolded by his teacher for being absent for three days. “He wanted to take revenge from his teacher by smashing the windows of his car,” said inspector Rajdeep Singh, station house officer, Sector 39, Chandigarh.

After calling his friends to his Buterla home on Thursday night and after drinking beer the Class 12 student went with them to his teacher’s residence in Sector 43. Unable to execute their plan because of a PCR van parked near his residence they then moved towards Government Model School, Sector 37, vandalising the cars parked near the roads in sectors 37, 40 and 41 after collecting stones.

Life went on as usual after the incident. “The juveniles had been attending classes regularly after the incident to dodge the police,” said sources who did not wish to be identified as they are not authorised to speak to the media.

However, the Activa seen in CCTV cameras in the area were the cars were vandalised and later spotted by the police led to the identification of the culprits, the sources said.

Three cases under sections 379( theft) and 427(mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code were registered at the Sector 39 police station on Monday.

Vehicles used by the accused, including the Activa, have been recovered and the stolen articles found in the possession of Mandeep Singh and Yash Anand.

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 12:08 IST