Jul 21, 2012, 10.28 PM IST
Three teachers of a private school in Tamil Nadu were arrested for beating up a Class 9 student, police said Saturday. They were earlier suspended by the school authorities. The boy is undergoing treatment in a hospital.
"The three teachers have been arrested for beating the student. There is no complaint against them that they forced the student to drink his urine," a police official said.
The Sirumalar Higher Secondary School management suspended N Karuppaiah, S Sakthivel and Raja for beating the student after Chief Educational Officer Mallika conducted an inquiry at the school premises.
"Education department officials conducted an inquiry at our school today (Saturday). Three teachers have been suspended for beating the student. But the allegation that they forced the student to drink urine is false," U. Thangavel, headmaster of the school, said. The name of the student, a minor, has been withheld for legal reasons.
Speaking about her inquiry into the incident, Mallika said: "It is self-financed Tamil medium school with Classes 6 to 12. The school officials said that the incident happened Thursday night at the students's hostel during study time. The teachers had received a complaint about the boy that he had forced another student to take tobacco products."
The teachers got angry and punished the boy, she said.
Queried about the boy's version of the incident, she said: "I spoke to the boy over phone as he is now in Kumbakonam town. According to him, during the study time he was denied permission to go to the toilet and he had urinated in his pants and the teachers beat him."
"He did not allege that the teachers forced him to drink urine. I have asked the boy's parents to meet me Sunday along with the boy," Mallika added.
"Yesterday (Friday), he alleged that he was forced to drink urine by the three teachers. Today, he said he passed urine when the teachers beat him but did not drink it. It is not known whether the boy was tutored to say that the teachers forced him to drink his own urine," he said.
"His classmates and teachers do not say anything about the boy passing urine or the teachers forcing him to drink it," Thangavel said.
A wood-cutter, Desinguraja himself is undergoing treatment at a government hospital in Kumbakonam after he fractured his leg.
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