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Assault teacher flees after case

Siliguri, May 10: A schoolteacher in Siliguri, who has an alleged history of meting out corporal punishment to students, has fled to his home district following a police case registered by the father of a 14-year-old boy.

K.C. Roy alleged that his son had been beaten up by Soumya Chakraborty on Friday and was admitted to the Siliguri District Hospital with injuries on the left ear and other parts of the body. The boy, Subhojit, was discharged from the hospital yesterday.

The parents and the relatives of the boy gheraoed the principal of Sister Margaret (Nivedita) High School for an hour today, demanding the suspension of the history teacher. They alleged that Chakraborty had borne a grudge against the Class IX student for discontinuing the tuition taken by him.

“My son was beaten up inhumanly by this teacher. There were such instances earlier also when he had singled out my son for punishment. But we kept quiet fearing that my son will be victimised. We can no longer take things lying down and demand his suspension,” said Roy.

Roy, a businessman living in a rented apartment at Ashrampara here, lodged a complaint with the Pradhan Nagar police station against Chakraborty on Friday.

According to the boy, he wanted to sit on the front bench in the classroom after the lunch break on Friday, but some students refused to allow him.

“Soon a minor scuffle broke out. The history teacher was passing by our class then. When he saw us fighting, he pulled me aside and hit me randomly with a cane. The teacher slapped me so hard on the cheek that my left ear was injured. My friends were helpless and they went to call other teachers. By the time they arrived, Chakraborty had left,” said Subhojit.

The school authorities called Subhojit’s parents and handed him over to them. “The school authorities assured us that they would bear all expenses for his treatment. We were shocked to see the cane marks on his body and his left ear was aching badly. We had to admit him to the hospital,” said Roy.

The parents said the boy had taken tuition from Chakraborty for a month in February. However, they were forced to withdraw Subhojit because the teacher frequently beat him up.

“Whenever I wanted to complain to the school, Subhojit stopped me fearing he would be victimised. Finally, we withdrew him from the tuition at the end of the month on the pretext that our home is far away. The teacher was so furious that he tore all the study papers that he had given to my son,” said Roy.

School sources said the teacher had fled to his home in North Dinajpur district.

“He had called up us yesterday from Raiganj and said he would be absent from school for a few days for personal problems,” said a source.

The principal, M.K. Laha, said: “This is an unfortunate incident. He has been teaching in the school for the past two years. We have received similar complaints against him earlier too. The staff council will meet today and serve a show-cause notice on him immediately. The matter will be referred to the school’s managing committee too.”

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