Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

Bihar minister’s son critical, family alleges ragging

Express News Service | Patna/ New Delhi/ Bhopal | Posted: August 23, 2014 4:32 am

The son of Bihar Cooperative Minister Jay Kumar Singh has been admitted to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi in critical condition. Adarsh Kumar Singh, 15, is a student of Scindia School in Gwalior.

Though the Madhya Pradesh Police have said no one has approached them, relatives of the boy alleged that he received injuries after seniors ragged him at the school hostel.

SSP Gwalior Santosh Singh said “the student’s relatives have neither approached him nor the local police… The Gwalior police are collecting details from the local hospital where the boy was first taken after the alleged incident. The police will decide on the next course of action after collecting facts or if they hear from the Delhi Police”.

A late night statement from Apollo Hospital Friday said, “The patient (Adarsh Kumar Singh) was brought to the hospital on August 21 at 8:30 am in a very critical condition and was immediately attended to by our team of experts. He is being provided appropriate medical care by a competent multidisciplinary team of senior consultant doctors and is under constant monitoring and observation on ventilator support in the ICU.”

Minister’s personal assistant Salil Kumar told The Indian Express: “It is not at all a case of attempt to suicide as made out to be by the school administration. It is a murder attempt by seniors in course of ragging.” He said Adarsh, a student of Class 9, had been staying at the hostel ever since his admission in the school last year and had told the family about ragging and wished to change the hostel.

Kumar said he had been accompanying the minister when Singh had received a call from the school warden on Wednesday night about Adarsh falling unconscious on his return to the hostel. Kumar said the boy was shifted from a Dehradun school to Scindia School last year.

A member of the management board of the school claimed that he came to know of the incident only after a local paper carried the story. He said two teachers had gone to Delhi along with the boy. He said the exact circumstances under which the boy was found and later taken to the Gwalior and Delhi hospitals would be known to the board only on Saturday after the vice-principal and other teachers give a detailed version.

Despite repeated attempts, the principal or the vice-principal of the school could not be contacted.

Brijesh Singh, the boy’s uncle, said, “Adarsh has not regained consciousness yet and his condition is critical. We are very worried. We do not believe he has attempted suicide as the school authorities claim. In fact, Adarsh had called up his mother a few days prior to the incident warning her the warden might call her and that if he did, Adarsh would shift to another boarding residence in Scindia School.”

Brijesh Singh said that on Wednesday night when most of the boys, including Adarsh’s room-mate, went down to the dining room for dinner, around six boys including Adarsh were missing. At around 10 pm Adarsh was found continued…

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