Gujarat: Boy commits suicide after being thrashed by teachers

Ahmedabad: A 16-year-old boy studying in class X at a school in Banaskantha district allegedly committed suicide after he was severely beaten up by four teachers for damaging a school property, police said today.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy SP) S G Patel, who is investigating the case, said the four teachers - Sangaram Patel, G K Patel, B M Patel and Bhathiji Thakore - of Gayatri Vidyalaya in Banaskantha's Tharad taluka allegedly confined the boy in the school premises yesterday before thrashing him.

"Prakash Chauhan, a class X student of Gayatri Vidyalaya, committed suicide yesterday by hanging himself at his home in Ambekarnagar society on Mulupur road in Banaskantha," police station officer (PSO) Reva Gujarati said.

"Prakash was beaten by the four teachers for damaging a camera, which is the school's property, and he was under trauma after that," Gujarati said, adding that the boy had narrated the incident to his father a few hours before he ended his life.

Based on a complaint by the boy's parents, police have registered a case under relevant IPC sections, including 306 (abetment of suicide), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) against the four teachers. The body was sent for post-mortem, police said.

After the boy committed suicide, a furious mob, which included the boy's relatives, burnt and damaged the school property, leading to tension in the area, Dy SP Patel said. Additional police force has been deployed in the area to control the situation, he said.

Police will also escort the funeral procession of the boy to avoid any untoward situation, he added.

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