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Since 1st March, 1999
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Bangla boy in hill school fracas
- Foreign student’s nose broken in brawl, parents not informed

Darjeeling, Nov. 12: A scuffle in a residential school here has raised unsavoury questions about the atmosphere in these institutions and the role of the school authorities.

Imtiaz Sultan, a Class-X student of St Paul’s School here, had his nose broken in a brawl on October 30, after he allegedly refused to go on an errand for a fellow classmate. He was also reportedly kicked by an angry student, so hard that he lost consciousness.

He was then treated in the school’s infirmary for two days, while his parents in Bangladesh (Imtiaz is a foreign student) claimed not to have received any official intimation from the authorities. They came to know about the incident from the boy’s cousin studying in Kurseong. They rushed to the school thereafter and admitted Imtiaz to a Siliguri clinic on November 3. Doctors at the clinic operated on the nose and said further delay could have caused permanent damage.

“After having spent so much there is no security for the student,” said Abdur Razzak, the victim’s father, who is clearly unhappy with the way in which the school authorities have dealt with the incident. Students like Imtiaz pay more than Rs 2 lakh per annum in school fees.

In fact, there were so angry that they filed an FIR at the Darjeeling Sadar police station last evening after they came back. They have also decided to take Imtiaz home, only to return for the ICSE board examinations next year.

David Howard, the rector of the school, merely maintained that they had “written a letter” to the parents about the incident. He also gave “his word” to reporters that similar incidents would not happen again. Police have decided that since it is an internal matter, the school should be allowed deal with it.

Earlier this year, two boarders of the same school, one from Bangladesh and the other from Calcutta, had complained about similar incidents to reporters. Later one of the two left the school, though the reason could not be ascertained.

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