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Gogoi orders probe into ‘torture’ of 14-year-old at school for blind

Set up in 1955 and run by Sreemanta Sankar Mission, the co-educational school is the oldest in Northeast.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged torture of a 14-year-old student at a reputed residential school for the visually disabled in Assam, forcing him to leave the facility.

The alleged incident happened on September 26, but surfaced only recently. The boy has accused six of his roommates at Sreemanta Sankar Mission Barhampur Blind School in Nagaon district of forcing him to urinate in the room, beating him up, making him drink the urine and trying to strangulate him with a bedsheet.

Set up in 1955 and run by Sreemanta Sankar Mission, the co-educational school is the oldest in Northeast.

The secretary of the Mission, Kamakhya Prasad Sarma, said one of the teachers had admitted to the incident while one of the alleged assaulters had confessed to having beaten up the boy as well as forced him to have urine. Sarma also claimed that they only came to know of the incident on Saturday. The Mission is based in Nagaon, about 10 km away from the school.

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“We came to know through TV Saturday evening,” said Sarma. “We rushed to the school, and one of the teachers admitted to the incident but could not explain why the matter was not reported to us.”

A three-member delegation of the Mission led by Sarma later went to Tezpur, where the 14-year-old lives, to convince him and his parents, both daily wage labourers, to send him back to school. However, Sarma admitted that the boy was scared.

“We have meanwhile ordered an internal inquiry,” he said.

The episode came to light on Friday after the family got a telephone call from a teacher of the school asking the boy to return as the annual examinations were drawing near.

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The boy confirmed the allegations to The Indian Express over the phone, saying nobody had come to his rescue. The caretaker of the boys’ hostel, who is a woman, doesn’t stay there at night.

First published on: 24-11-2014 at 01:39 IST
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