Student ‘beaten by cricket stumps’ at Bijbehara school

Student ‘beaten by cricket stumps’ at Bijbehara school
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School denies allegation

Bijbehara: A class 12 student of Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Bijbehara was allegedly ruthlessly beaten by some teachers at his school, following which he had to be hospitalized.
While the school authorities have negated the version of the student and his family, police are yet to lodge an FIR in the case-despite the family filing a written complaint with them.
The injured student has been identified as Rahil Raja, son of Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, a resident of main town Bijbehara here in Anantnag district.
The family of Raja told Kashmir Reader that, he along with some two to three other students were playing in a class room when certain teachers objected to it and took away their bags.
“When my brother went to the teachers and asked for his bag, he was beaten black and blue. His neck has been badly hurt and as a result the doctors in the hospital put a surgical collar around his neck,” Sabzar Ahmad Sheikh, Raja’s elder brother told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the teachers had beaten him with cricket stumps.
“After beating him black and blue no one from the school administration turned up at the hospital to ask about his well being,” Sheikh alleged.
He said that he has gone to the police and given a written complaint to them for lodging an FIR against the teachers, whom he identified as just Talib and Abbas.
The concerned SHO however told Kashmir Reader that an FIR was yet to be lodged in the case.
“It’s a very good school and they are doing very well over all. We are seeing what can be done in the matter. I have sent a team to investigate the matter,” the SHO, Anzar Khan told Kashmir Reader.
The school authorities on the other hand have blamed the student for instigating some junior students for stone pelting and misbehavior with the teachers.
“He had recently instigated some class 9 students to pelt stones. The teachers in question had confronted him about this and he misbehaved with them,” Principal of the school, Aijaz Ahmad Khan, told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the family of the student came to the school along with him, later in the day, and raised hue and cry.
“I told them that a committee has been formed and the matter will be investigated but they threatened us with an FIR and police action. This happened in front of 40 other teachers,” Khan said.
He said that the student was beaten by no one and he left the school premises “hale and hearty” along with his family.
“I do not know what happened after that and how he landed in the hospital,” Khan said.