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Teacher ‘beats’ 12-yr-old at school

A Class VI student of a central Calcutta school suffered bruises and blood clots after a teacher allegedly beat him on Thursday. The family has alleged in a police complaint that the 12-year-old had been beaten with a cane.

According to the complaint, the corporal punishment was meted out by Uttam Singh, a teacher at Burrabazar’s Tantia High School, after he allegedly caught the boy scribbling on the blackboard.

Singh, the complaint stated, had claimed before the assault: “Main blackbelt hoon. Mera maarne ka style alag hain (I am a black belt. I have a unique style of beating people up).”

The boy later told his family that he was writing his name on the blackboard.

The teacher allegedly beat the boy on his back, hands and legs. At 4pm, when the school got over, guardians of other students noticed the injury marks and called up the boy’s mother. “The teacher hit him so hard that there were blood clots all over his back. I took him to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital,” said the boy’s maternal uncle.

The family, residents of College Street, lodged a complaint with Jorasanko police station at 10pm.

A case for voluntarily causing grievous hurt and violation of the juvenile justice act has been started. No one has yet been arrested.

“The preliminary medical report is supporting the allegation of the student’s family. We will talk to other students and teachers on Friday,” said an officer of Jorasanko police station.

The school authorities could not be contacted.

Any form of corporal punishment is banned in schools. The right to education act goes a step further and bars any form of torture, be it physical or mental.

Jewellery store theft

Two middle-aged men posing as customers stole jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh from a shop in Howrah’s Kadamtala on Thursday afternoon. An employee of the shop, Kajal Ghosh, has been detained.

“We are interrogating Kajal Ghosh as he was the only witness,” said Nishat Pervez, deputy commissioner (headquarters), Howrah.

There was a closed-circuit TV camera in the shop but it was not functional when the theft occurred.

“After examining the CCTV camera we found it was switched off half an hour before the incident. When we started questioning him, his answers were inconsistent,” he said.