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Kathua govt teacher booked for assaulting student over religious slogans, principal is on run

The student suffered major injury has been admitted to the sub-district hospital, Bani. A case has been registered against the principal and the teacher regarding the incident.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Kathua/Jammu and Kashmir: After heinous incident in Muzaffarnagar, same case of thrashing a student came to fore from Kathua district. A government school teacher in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir booked for allegedly beating a class 10 student for writing a religious slogan on a classroom board. The student suffered major injury has been admitted to the sub-district hospital, Bani. The teacher identified as Farooq Ahmad, was arrested on Saturday after a complaint was filed by the student’s father, Kuldeep Singh. The principal of the school, Mohd Hafiz, is also accused of assaulting the student, but he is absconding.

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According to police officials, This incident pertains to the Government Higher Secondary School in Bani Tehsil of the district. It is alleged that the teacher brutally assaulted the student for writing ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on the blackboard of the classroom. After this he was admitted to the hospital. Police has arrested the teacher by registering an FIR against the accused Muslim teacher and the principal.

Police say that the student’s father lodged a complaint that his son was beaten up by teacher Farooq Ahmed and school principal Mohammad Hafiz. On this, a team led by the local SHO reached the school and caught the teacher.

Kathua Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Manhas has formed a three-member team to investigate the matter. Magistrate, Deputy Chief Education Officer Kathua and Principal of Government Higher Secondary School Kharote will be its members. The team has been directed to submit the report within two days. The incident has sparked outrage in the region and has raised questions about the safety of students in government schools.

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