Chilling details have emerged in the case of a boarding school child beaten to death by his seniors in a Dehradun school. It was reported that 12-year-old Vasu Yadav was beaten with cricket bats and wickets by two of his seniors from class XII, students of the same school. He was beaten in a classroom for allegedly stealing a packet of biscuit while the students were on an outing. They tortured him and then poured cold water on him.
According to police, the school, in a bid to hush up the matter, had hurriedly buried the boy’s body inside the campus after doctors declared him dead.
There was also a delay in taking the boy to the hospital because after being beaten, the boy remained in the classroom for the next few hours till he was found by the hostel warden. “He was beaten up in phases in the afternoon, while he was taken to hospital in late evening,” SSP Dehradun Nivedita Kukreti told ToI.
Usha Negi, the chairperson of the Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, whose intervention in the case led to the matter coming to light, said that all possible attempts seemed to have been done to cover up the incident.
"The incident took place on March 10 and we were informed about it on March 11, following which we visited the school. However, when we got there, we found that the school administration had buried the body," Negi said.
She added that “they didn’t even bother to inform the parents, who live in Hapur, that their child had died,” as reported by the daily.