Two more arrested from Virar school over students' deaths

Aug 31, 2014, 07:15 IST | Shirish Vaktania

During the investigation in the deaths of three class IX students of a Virar-based school, it was revealed that the students were often beaten up. One of the students filed a separate FIR against a teacher and an accountant. They were arrested and released on bail the same day

A day after the Virar police arrested two teachers in the case of the three Class 9 students from Vagad Gurukul International School in Virar, who were found dead behind the school premises, the Virar police have arrested another teacher and an accountant after a separate FIR was filed against them.

Meet Chadwa, Kushal Dagha and Prahul Patel
(L to R) The dead bodies of Meet Chadwa, Kushal Dagha and Prahul Patel were found behind the school premises

Arun Sureshchandra Sharma, who is a Science teacher and Ashish Ashok Khanvilkar, who is an accountant in the school were arrested on Friday and later released on bail the same day. On Wednesday morning, the dead bodies of Prahul Patel, Kushal Dagha and Meet Chadwa, all students of class IX, were found in a drain a few metres away from their residential school.

The boys had failed their Sanskrit exams and primary reports stated that they had been beaten up. Head and hand injuries were found on their bodies, but the exact cause of death is yet to be ascertained, as the final postmortem reports are still awaited. Teachers Ripushivam Garg and Sandip Palwa were arrested in connection with the case, who are in police custody.

Brutal tales
During the investigation, when the police spoke to other students, it came to light that they were often beaten up by the teachers. Some of the parents also said their children were threatened with severe punishment if they said anything to their parents. One of the students, Jatin, registered an FIR with the Virar-based Mandvi Police Station against Sharma and Khanvilkar for beating him and other students on many occasions. Senior Inspector B Mane of Virar Police Station told sunday mid-day, “After receiving the complaint from the student, we arrested two more teachers on Friday and released them on bail after producing them in court.”

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