Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cops book high school boys for ragging

 GUNTUR: Perhaps for the first time in the state, at least three high school students were booked under anti-ragging laws here on Monday. The police slapped cases under section 509 of IPC, section 4(1) of AP prohibition of ragging act against three SSC students of a municipal high school in the city.

 Police registered an FIR three days after receiving a formal complaint from the school HM against the students. Police acted in the case only after the municipal commissioner K Venkateswarlu debarred all the three students from studying in the municipal school for misbehaving with a female student of the same school.

 According to information, about four days ago, the girl, Kavati Sankara Rao of municipal high school at R Agraharam colony in the city took objection to the behavior of three boys in her class and warned them that she would complain to the school HM. Sources said that the boys reportedly entered into wordy duel with the girl while leaving the school the same day and threatened her of serious consequences if she lodged a complaint against them.

The next day, the boys reportedly took the water bottle of the girl from her bag and filled it with urine mixed with coke and kept it back in her bag during the recess. Unaware of the mischief, the girl reportedly consumed the contents and vomited in the school. Teachers in the school immediately sent her home and informed the head mistress K Sarala Devi. Upon information, the parents of the girl approached the police and lodged a complaint on Friday.

The police, however, did not book a case against the boys immediately saying that the issue was sensitive and involved the future of the children. The police reportedly even made an attempt to 'settle' the matter through a panchayat where they summoned the parents of the boys and held negotiations.

However, the issue took a new twist after the municipal commissioner Venkateswarlu acted tough against the errant students on Monday. The commissioner ordered the dismissal of all the three students - Sashank, Manikantha and Abhiram from the school and ensured they were given TCs within an hour of the issue coming to his notice. "We cannot spare such children in our schools," he told TOI.

 Following the commissioner taking the decision, the police called the school head mistress H M Sarala Devi and registered the case against the three boys. Defending the delay in registering a case, police said that they had only been probing the matter before booking the case. Lalapet CI Ramanjaneyulu said that they would arrest the accused shortly and send them to the juvenile board.

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