In a new twist to the Atharva Gupta case, the Ludhiana police Tuesday claimed that the 13-year-old student of the DAV Public School jumped off from the fifth floor of the school after he was “physically and mentally tortured by the teachers”. The revelations by the police contradicts Atharva’s statement where he said that he did not make any attempt to commit suicide nor he jumped off the fifth floor. He alleged that he was beaten by the teachers till he fainted.
Rattan Singh Brar, ADCP-3 while addressing the media today claimed that “as per statement of the eyewitness, Atharva himself jumped off from fifth floor of the school.” “The child was brutally beaten and tortured physically and mentally by his teachers. He was not in a good state of mind and he took the step. Eyewitnesses have verified to us that Atharva jumped off,” said ADCP, refusing to reveal the identity of eyewitnesses. Asked about CCTV footage, Brar claimed that the incident has ‘not been captured’ in the CCTV.
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Giving a clean chit to the school principal SK Bhullar, the police also quashed section 308 (attempt to culpable homicide) from the FIR after ‘life threatening’ injuries were found in the boy’s medical report. The police further claimed that the principal was unaware that the boy was beaten and tortured inside the premises and came to know only after he jumped.
However, the police made it clear that the FIR filed against four teachers, Tajinder Kaur, Gopal Das, Naveen and Rajiv Panwar, stood valid under the Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and 31 (wrongful restraint) of the IPC and Sections 82 and 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act. “Since the grievous injuries sustained by the boy was not caused by teachers, the Section 308 of IPC is being removed from the FIR. We have launched a hunt to arrest the four teachers who are absconding,” said the ADCP.
The boy was allegedly beaten and brutally thrashed by the teachers on September 8 for “speaking to a girl and holding her hand” in school premises. ‘Will move court’ The family of Atharva Gupta has rejected the investigation report alleging that the police worked under the ‘influential’ management of the school and said that they will move to court against the report. Atul Gupta, father of Atharva said that probe report favouring the school was ‘much expected’. “Atharva has clearly told police that he did not jump. The police also refused to disclose identity of the eyewitnesses,” questioned the father.