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FIR after boy faints in school
- Don Bosco vice-principal accused of ‘torture’

Siliguri, Aug. 13: The parents of a Class VI student of Don Bosco School here have alleged in an FIR that the boy was “physically and mentally tortured” by the vice-principal.

The 12-year-old boy, who suffers from epilepsy, lost consciousness in school yesterday after vice-principal Bikash Mondal slapped him and made him stand outside his office for an hour, the FIR filed with Siliguri police station reads.

“My son has a neurological problem and the school knows about it. Despite that he was beaten up, slapped around and made to stand outside the vice-principal’s office for an hour. We took him for a check-up to the doctor last evening. But his condition grew serious in the morning. He started vomiting, and we admitted him to a nursing home,” said Surajit Saha, a resident of East Vivekananda Pally.

According to Beauty Saha, her son had got into a fight with a Class XI commerce student on Monday. “My son refused to give up the ball with which he was playing. The senior boy beat up my son in front of the vice-principal. Later, my son was asked by Mondal to bring his school diary. He had not taken the diary to school that day and was told to get it on Wednesday. The school was closed on Tuesday because of a strike,” she said.

On Wednesday, when the boy did not take the diary to Mondal, he was beaten up. “My son was scared of being expelled from school and so yesterday he did not take the diary to the vice-principal. But when Mondal slapped him, he gave the dairy. Even then, he was made to stand for more than one hour outside his office. He was suspended for one week. Upset, my son called us from the pay booth in school. We came and requested Mondal not to suspend our son, but he scolded him so harshly that he fainted there,” said Saha.

Despite repeated calls on his cellphone, Mondal did not respond.

Father Joseph, the principal of the school said he had not heard about the incident as he was out of station. “I am in Cooch Behar and I am hearing this for the first time. I am making inquiries,” he said.

Pravat Chakraborty, the inspector-in-charge of Siliguri police station, said the detailed FIR had been forwarded to Bhaktinagar police station. “We have received the FIR but as the school is in Jalpaiguri district and is under the Bhaktinagar police station we have forwarded the FIR to them. The Bhaktinagar police will look into the matter.”

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