Ragging: Three students, two staff members of Scindia School arrested
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.