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Saturday , September 22 , 2012
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School faced with CM probe prod

Ranchi deputy commissioner will conduct a magisterial probe into allegations that a St Thomas School boy’s hearing was impaired after he was beaten up by a teacher.

On September 11, eighth grader Asad Bin Sayeed (13) was apparently thrashed so badly by geography teacher Ranjeet Tirkey that his left eardrum received “trauma” that caused “rupture”, according to medical terminology.

Based on a representation by the boy’s mother, chief minister Arjun Munda on Wednesday asked Ranchi deputy commissioner to probe the matter of corporal punishment at St Thomas School and take necessary action against its management. The written order reached deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey’s office on Friday.

“The application addressed to chief minister by Nausaba Shaheen, resident of B-1520, Sector II, Dhurwa, Ranchi, is concerned with merciless beating of the applicant’s son, a Class VIIIB student of St Thomas School by a teacher, Ranjeet Tirkey. On the direction of chief minister, it is requested that proper action may be taken in the matter after proper inquiry,” reads the letter issued by senior private secretary of chief minister, Sanjay Basu.

Choubey said a magistrate would now be deputed for detailed inquiry that would be wrapped up soon. But, he refused to specify a timeline.

The school management has already started an internal inquiry. Tirkey was suspended on September 12, a day after the incident.

But principal Joseph J. Ayrookuzhy, who was in Bangalore at the time of the incident, sounded belligerent when The Telegraph went for his comment on the inquiry prodded by the chief minister.

“This is a school, not a market. Why did you talk to parents, students and teachers without my permission on school premises when you were supposed to talk to me? Now, I won’t not talk to you. You leave the school campus immediately. You can write whatever you want,” he shouted after permitting The Telegraph to enter the school premises. Security guards and non-teaching staff accompanied him.

Asad’s mother Shaheen, a teacher herself, said she knocked on the door of the chief minister only when no one paid heed.

“When Asad’s eardrum got damaged due to corporal punishment, I expected some kind words from the school management. But the principal was rude with me and found fault with my son. I went to lodge a complaint with Dhurwa police on September 14, but was told that every application reaching the thana could not be treated as an FIR. I felt let down by the entire system,” she said.

Has St Thomas School done enough to reassure students?