Situation tense in Nalanda town after school director lynched
Nalanda/Patna: Situation in Hilsa town of Bihar's Nalanda district is tense after director of a private school here was beaten to death yesterday.
The principal, identified as Devendra Prasad, was thrashed by a mob following the recovery of the bodies of two students from a ditch.
The 53-year-old died while he was being treated at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Nalanda's Superintendent of Police (SP) Sidharth Mohan Jain said.
A post-mortem was carried out and the dead body of Prasad reached his home town early today morning.
TV footage showed that Mr Prasad was mercilessly beaten up with sticks by a mob that held him responsible for the death of two students of the school.
Some in the crowd mercilessly beat up Mr Prasad with sticks, while some of them kicked him as he lay on the ground with his face down, the officer said.
The badly battered school director was taken by a police team led by the DSP (Law and Order) Sanjay Kumar to Sadar hospital at Biharsharif where the attending doctors referred him to PMCH at Patna, Mr Jain said.
He said strict action will be taken against the guilty.
A First Information Report or FIR was lodged against those people responsible for the assault on the school principal, Mr Jain said.
The incident took place at 11.30 am in Bihar's Mirpur village after the bodies of two Class IV students, who stayed in the hostel, were discovered. The parents of the two boys had earlier filed a missing persons report with the police.
Charging the school management for being responsible for the death of two the local students, identified as Ravi Kumar and Sagar Kumar, the villagers attacked the school torching two rooms with gas cylinders, besides a couple of vehicles.
The mob also targeted some policemen who had arrived there to probe the death of the students and pelted stones on the cops, injuring six including Nalanda police station in-charge Sunil Kumar, Mr Jain said.