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Thrashed student dies, teachers, principal arrested

Himalayan News Service

Dhangadi, July 10

A student, who was allegedly beaten up by teachers at a private school, died while undergoing treatment, in Bhimdatta Municipality, Kanchanpur, last night.

Madhav Kalauni, 13, a ninth grader at Shree Mahakali Bal Vidyalaya in Bhimdatta Municipality died while undergoing treatment at Rammurti Hospital in Uttarkhand, India.

The victim’s maternal uncle Pushpamani Joshi said the student had died due to teachers’ thrashing. According to Joshi, Kalauni was taken to Dadeldhura’s Sub-regional Hospital, Mahakali Hospital, Seti Zonal Hospital and Nepalgunj Teaching Hospital before he was taken to India for treatment three days ago.

Inspector Krishna Chand Bhatta of Kanchanpur District Police Office said police had nabbed four teachers, including the school principal. Principal Yasoda Joshi, teachers Durgadutta Pathak, Laxman Bhatta and Harka Jagri have been taken under control. “The real cause of death will come out once the post-mortem is conducted after the body is brought from India,” said Bhatta.

The deceased student’s father Brihaspati claimed that teachers, including the principal, had thrashed his son following a brawl that his son had with his friends, on June 28. According to him, Madhav had received deep cuts in his head and chest from the beating and his right leg was
fractured.

Earlier, Madhav’s family had filed an attempt to murder case against four teachers, including the principal, at District Police Office, Kanchanpur. Police had then mediated between the teachers and parents, and the school had agreed to bear all the expenses for Madhav’s treatment.


A version of this article appears in print on July 11, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


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