| Om, with his father Guruprasad Tripathy (left) and uncle, at Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. Picture by Ashwinee Pati |
Bhubaneswar, Feb. 27: A private English medium school here was embroiled in a controversy today with a parent lodging a police complaint accusing school staff members of beating him up.
The school authorities lodged a counter complaint against him for allegedly physically assaulting a woman teacher.
The complainant, Guruprasad Tripathy, alleged that the school authorities had been punishing his four-year-old son, Om, for being naughty and he had protested against the punishment meted out to his son. When he went to the school at VSS Nagar today, some members of the school staff thrashed him.
Later, Saheed Nagar police brought Tripathy to Capital Hospital for a medical check-up.
“When I went to the school this morning to bring my son home, some staff members called me inside to meet the president of the school board. The president slapped on my face and some women teachers beat me up inside the room. Then they dragged me out of the room where some male teachers wrapped a rope around my neck and threatened to kill me,” said Tripathy.
He alleged that when he gasped for breath, they left him and offered him water. While they tortured him, his son was kept in another room.
Last Friday, said Tripathy, a schoolteacher had punished the child for creating some disturbance. When he went to the school to bring Om home an hour late on Monday, he found the kid being punished.
“I had opposed the teacher who punished my kid and today, they beat me up,” said Tripathy, a businessman.
The child too said the class teacher had punished him.
“They made me sit like a hen,” he said.
The school authorities dismissed the charges. “Tripathy wanted us to take care of his kid even after school. He physically assaulted a woman teacher, Lipika Swain, by twisting her hand. He also assaulted the school president. We informed the police, who took him away and the teacher for medical examination,” said public relations officer of the school Gobida Chandra Behera.
Later, school principal Sanghamitra Pattnaik lodged a complaint against him with the Saheed Nagar police.
The police said they had received complaints from both sides.
“The matter has been sorted out. Both parties entered into a compromise at the police station,” said inspector in charge of Saheed Nagar police station K.P. Mishra.