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Threat to parents after brawl FIR
- Warning issued on school premises, complaint filed

Darjeeling, Nov. 13: The parents of a Bangladeshi student of St Paul’s here were allegedly threatened by a group of students on the school premises this morning.

Abdur Razzak and his wife had gone to the school this morning to collect the passport and luggage of their son Imtiaz Sultan — a Class-X student in the institution. Imtiaz had been seriously injured in a school fight on October 30 and his parents had filed an FIR on the issue yesterday.

“I went to the school along with my wife to collect my son’s belongings when a group of 14-15 students surrounded us and threatened us saying we had not done the right thing by lodging a complaint with the police,” states a general diary (no. 555/06) filed by Razzak after the incident today. “We somehow managed to save our lives and leave the place in a hurry,” the complaint further reads. The name of the student, who had allegedly beaten Imtiaz, also figures in the complaint. The students also reportedly tried to dissuade the driver of the taxi that took Imtiaz’s parents to St Paul’s from driving them back to town.

Razzak, who had already decided on taking back his son to Dhaka, did so today after briefing Darjeeling police superintendent Rajesh Subarno on the latest development and seeking his intervention. The chief has assured him that he will look into the matter.

The incident comes a day after St Paul’s rector David Howard gave “his word” that such incidents will not recur within the school premises and does not this augur well for the school authorities. The rector had made his stand known after a meeting with Darjeeling police officials, where it had been decided that the school would deal with the matter. Despite repeated attempts, Howard could not be contacted this evening for his comments.

However, it is learnt that Howard and the rest of the management were not present at the site of the incident early this morning. They were apparently at a meeting to discuss the fallout of the brawl.

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