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Boy branded thief, beaten

Dec. 19: Police probing the recent incident of beating up a student of Miles Bronson Residential School at Borjhar today said conflict among students started over a mobile phone.

Sources at Azara police station said Keshabjyoti Baruah, a Class VII student of the school, was thrashed by his seniors on the night of December 15 after they charged him with stealing a mobile phone.

“We have arrested the three students who are senior to Keshabjyoti. They confessed before us that they had called him to a hostel room. They accused Keshabjyoti of stealing a mobile phone that belonged to one of them and beat him up when he denied their allegations,” a police source said.

The police arrested the three boys after Keshabjyoti’s father Dipak Baruah lodged an FIR with Azara police station on Sunday complaining that his son was ragged, severely beaten up and was left unconscious in the corridor.

Names of the three Class XI students, however, have not been disclosed as they are juveniles.

The police registered a case under Sections 147, 149 and 325 IPC. The three, released on bail today, are from Silchar, Diphu and Manipur and study in the residential school at Borjhar on the city’s outskirts.

“As the accused students are below 18 years, we are probing the case very carefully. So far, we have not found any ragging angle in the incident. It was because of conflict over the missing mobile handset only. We will prepare the chargesheet after a thorough investigation,” the source said.

The police found a battery charger of the mobile phone in one of the rooms of the three boys. The handset is yet to be traced.

The school authorities have suspended the three students.

“Keeping in mind the sensitivity of the incident, we have suspended the three students till a police investigation is over. We are fully cooperating with the police in the investigation process,” counsellor of the school, Pranami Nath, told this correspondent.

The police said the school authorities had sought a probe report from them for future action in the case.

Keshabjyoti, who was admitted to a private hospital, is recuperating. “We have been told that his condition is improving,” a source said.