The District Education Department (DEO) of Surat issued a showcause notice on Thursday to the trustees of Samarpan techno School of Surat following the suicide of one its student, Rakesh Babariya (18). The city police, on the same day, booked a trustee and a teacher of a school for abetting the suicide.
The two accused are absconding and the school has been asked to reply within two weeks on why the school’s accreditation should not be cancelled.
Babariya (18), son of a separated couple and a student of Samarpan techno school at Punagam in Surat, ended his life by jumping from the 10th floor of a Dharma complex, a multi-storied building in Punagam in Surat on January 22.
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As per details released by the school, Rakesh had scored 100 marks in Maths, 99 marks in Physics, and 97 marks in Chemistry subjects and he got 99.26 percentile in his third semester. Police, during investigation, found that the deceased had frequent rows with his physics teacher Chandresh Patel. On the day Rakesh committed suicide, the teacher had allegedly slapped him in front of the class. The police registered a complaint against the school trustees and Chandresh Patel for abetting the suicide. Sources said that Patel holds a BE (Electronics) degree, but not B.Ed. He was working with the school since last couple of years.
The DEO, in his inquiry, found that the school was unauthorisedly running extra classes.
Talking to the Indian Express DEO Surat, U N Rathod said, “Our inquiry team had taken statements of around 50 students studying in the same class and they have claimed that the behaviour of Chandresh Patel was not good towards students. We tried to collect the recordings of the CCTV cameras but only got three days recording. In one of the video grabs we saw Patel slapping Rakesh in front of the class. Our team also took statements of the teaching staff of the school. The school trustee Janak Sawalia and Chandresh Patel were not found in the school when our team went to take their statements. Even the school does not have documents of Chandresh Patel, with them.”
He further added, “The school had been sanctioned to run only two classes of grades XI and XII by the government, but our team inquired and found that they were running six classes of 11th and 12th standard. Seeing such irregularities we have slapped notice to the school trustees. On the bases of their answer we will forward it to the board and they will decide what actions to be taken further against the school.”
Punagam police inspector V A Patel said, “We have also taken statements of some of the students and found that the behavior of the Patel was not good towards other students and even with the deceased student. The physics teacher Chandresh Patel and trustee Rakesh Sawalis had gone underground after the incident, to evade their arrest. We are searching them and will arrest them soon.”