New Delhi: A boarding school in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, is under the lens for an apparent attempt to hush up the murder of a VII student by quietly burying his body inside the school campus. The boy, 12, was allegedly was beaten to death with cricket bats and wicket stumps by his seniors at the Children’s Academy school over a trivial issue.
A media report quoting Usha Negi, the chairperson of the Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said that on her arrival at the school she found that the school adminstration had already buried the child’s body. She said the the incident happened on March 10 and her team was informed the next day, following which they visited the school.
Negi also claimed that the school management did not even inform the parents, who live in Hapur.
According to the police, the incident happened when the victim, Vasu Yadav, allegedly stole a packet of biscuit from a shop. After the shopkeeper complained, the school management cancelled the permission of all students to leave the campus. This infuriated fellow students and the seniors thrashed Vasu mercilessly with cricket bats and stumps.
Five people, including two students, have been held for their involvement in the crime. The accused will be produced before the magistrate, on Thursday.