Beaten by teacher, Bengal boy dies

Kolkata, Feb 9 (IANS) A student of a residential school in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district died on Tuesday after allegedly being beaten by teachers for indiscipline.

Two teachers were arrested in this connection, police said.

The incident occurred at the Al-Islamia Mission near Dak Bungalow More.

According to the police complaint, 12-year-old Shamim Malik was beaten mercilessly by the headmaster of the school Halif Sheikh and warden Liton Sheikh after the class eight student met his parents outside the school on Monday evening.

The child was rushed to a hospital where he died in the morning.

“On the basis of the complaint, we have arrested both the headmaster and warden of the school. They are being interrogated,” Superintendent of Police, C Sudhakar said.

The parents alleged that their son was beaten only because he had met them outside the school without seeking permission

“He had come to meet me to collect some things that I had purchased for him. We want justice for my boy,” said Shamina Bibi, the mother.

“The school teachers tried to hush up the matter and informed me about my son’s hospitalisation only after his condition worsened. The teachers kept on claiming that my son fell ill, but we have been told how he was beaten mercilessly by them,” said Julhas Malik, the father of the child.

Locals of the area blocked roads and staged a demonstration demanding exemplary punishment for the teachers.

The arrested duo was presented before a court which remanded them to three days police custody.

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