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Crime
Ragging: Three students, two staff members of Scindia School arrested
27-08-2014

GWALIOR: Police on Tuesday arrested three students and two staff members of the prestigious Scindia School in Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh in connection with the alleged suicide attempt by Adarsh Singh, son of Bihar Cooperatives Minister Jai Kumar Singh, due to ragging.

However, the three minor boys as well as the school staffers were later released on bail, a police official said. Earlier in the day, police registered FIRs against the three students and two staffers of Scindia School in Fort here in this connection.

“The FIRs were registered against the minor boys, assistant house master Arpan Soni and house master Parampreet Grewal,” Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohammad Yusuf Qureshi told PTI.

14-year-old Adarsh was found in a semi-conscious state in his hostel room at the residential school on August 20. He was taken to a private hospital for treatment and when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to New Delhi’s Apollo Hospital.

Taking serious cognisance of the matter, District Collector P Narhari and SSP Santosh Kumar Singh ordered separate probes, especially into the ragging aspect. Police have already recorded the statement of the boys.

“After recording the statements of the three boys, senior to the victim and belonging to influential families, we found out that Adarsh attempted suicide as the trio used to harass him by asking him to do menial jobs,” the ASP said.

Police have also seized a bed-sheet and a ceiling fan from the veranda in front of Adarsh’s hostel room. He allegedly tried to hang himself from the fan using the sheet but his feet touched the floor and the fan got unstuck from ceiling, which saved his life, Qureshi said.

The trio allegedly forced him to sweep the floor and also used to sometimes punish him asking him to bend down in various positions. They also allegedly beat him up, police said.

The accused students have been expelled and the two staffers have been debarred after the report of a three-member committee constituted by the school soon after the incident, Scindia School Principal Samik Ghosh said in a statement.