Nalanda school director lynched after two students found dead
NALANDA/PATNA: The owner and director of a private residential school (named after him),Devendra Prasad Singh, was lynched by a furious mob on Sunday following the recovery of the bodies of two students from a pond near Nirpur village in Nalanda district.
Prasad died of grievous injuries at Patna Medical College and Hospital, said Nalanda SP Sidharth Mohan Jain, adding that an autopsy would establish the exact cause of his death.
The trigger for the murderous assault on Singh was the recovery earlier in the day of the bodies of 12-year-old Ravi Kumar and 10-year-old Sagar Kumar, from a pond in Neerpur village.
Ravi, of Patwara village under the Nalanda police station, was a student of Class IV; Sagar, of Lahuar village under Rajgir police station, studied in Class II. Both had injury marks on their faces with blood stains.
Villagers alleged the two students were killed by school teachers. They vandalized the school campus and set afire two rooms and two school vehicles. An LPG cylinder in the school kitchen was blown off, but nobody was injured.
After attacking the school, the police said the mob turned towards the director of the Devendra Prasad Singh School, and mercilessly beat him up with lathis holding him responsible for the kids’ death as well. Some in the crowd smashed his head with lathis while others kicked him as he lay sprawled on the ground.
The battered school director was then taken by a police team under DSP Sanjay Kumar to Sadar Hospital at Biharsharif where the doctors referred him to PMCH in Patna, around 80 km away. SP Jain pledged strong action against those guilty of lynching Devendra Prasad Singh.
Till the filing of the report, it was not clear whether the cops had acted on the charge of the villagers against the school teachers who had allegedly killed the kids in a fit of rage.
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The mob also targeted cops who arrived to investigate the death of the kids and threw stones injuring six policemen including Nalanda police station in-charge Sunil Kumar, the SP Jain said.