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Kidnap bid from classroom

Kudra, Kaimur: A 25-year-old youth brandishing an illegal firearm barged into a government school in Kaimur district and tried to kidnap a girl student from her class.

The students and teachers, however, foiled the abduction bid and informed the local police, who rushed to the spot and arrested the youth, later identified as Alok Kumar Tiwari.

The girl told the police that her elder sister had to end her studies and was married off by the family owing to sexual harassment by Tiwari. "We are being subjected to harassment by Alok Tiwari and his associates while returning home from school. Our family apprehends threat to life from Alok," she said.

The shocking incident took place at Baghela government secondary school on Monday. Soon after the morning prayers were over, Tiwari entered Class IX in a drunken state and tried to catch hold of the girl student. The teacher in the class tried to persuade the youth but in vain. Some other teachers intervened and he was taken out of the classroom.

Fifteen minutes later, Tiwari returned to the classroom and again he was turned out. He repeated this twice more. The fourth time, Tiwari barged in, this time carrying a country-made pistol and, at gunpoint, attempted to kidnap the girl. He also forced the principal of the school to delete the name of the girl from the school rolls.

The principal then informed the Mohania sub-divisional police officer, who sent a police team that arrested Tiwari with the pistol. The youth is a resident of Dhakrabad village under the jurisdiction of Kudra police station in Kaimur, around 195km from Patna.

Kudra station house officer (SHO) Rajiv Ranjan said on Wednesday that Tiwari was arrested from the institute's premises in an inebriated condition and an illegal weapon was seized from him. A motorbike was also seized from his possession. An FIR has been lodged against Tiwari under the Arms Act and different sections of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act 2016.

Fear has gripped the school. A woman teacher said: "We are feeling insecure. Youths often enter the school premises, stare at the girl students and make obscene remarks. We have no option but to keep mum." Other teachers corroborated her statement.

Police officer Ranjan said Tiwari had criminal antecedents. He was recently arrested in Varanasi in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh in a criminal case. "We are in touch with our counterparts in Uttar Pradesh to collect the cases pending against Alok Tiwari," he told The Telegraph over phone on Wednesday.

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