The vice-principal of Don Bosco, Bandel, was arrested on Teachers’ Day after he allegedly beat up a Class IV student so badly that he needed several stitches on the head.
Father Subir Mandal allegedly beat up four other students too, angered by the noise in the classroom, which was being decorated by the boys on Wednesday morning to celebrate the occasion. But only Ishan Das’s parents lodged a police complaint.The high court had banned corporal punishment in schools two years ago.
Officers of Chinsurah police station picked up Mandal from the school compound in the afternoon. He was slapped with sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
Asked if action would be taken against the vice-principal, school principal Father K.V. Mathew said: “Let police complete investigation. We will submit a report about the incident to our highest authority, Father Thomas, the president of the founders’ body, who will decide on the course of action.”
“While decorating our classroom, some boys started spraying foam from cans, releasing bubbles. Some others were jumping on benches to catch the bubbles. Being the monitor, I was trying to restrain them when our vice-principal entered the room, seized the metal foam cans and started hitting us on the head with them. We soon started bleeding,” said Ishan.
“I tried to explain to the vice-principal that I was trying to control the class but he hit me even more for failing to do so,” the boy added.
When some boys informed other teachers about the incident, they suggested the students go to the school “nurse” for first-aid.
“When Ishan’s bleeding did not stop, school employees took him to an adjacent nursing home and alerted the boys’ parents,” said a teacher who did not wish to be named.
While parents Kaushik and Barnali came to pick up Ishan, he broke down and told them what had happened.
“The incident came to light only because we dared to lodge an FIR against Mandal, unlike other parents who remained quiet,” said Barnali.
She said they wanted the authorities to expel Mandal, who has been serving as vice-principal of the school for two years. He was earlier a teacher at Don Bosco, Liluah.