Protests Turn Violent Near Ryan International School, Police Lathicharged

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Gurgaon: Three busloads of policemen were called into Gurgaon’s Ryan International School this morning after hundreds of protesters gathered at the spot and resorted to arson. A liquor store just 100 meters from the school was set on fire. There have been angry protests at the school by hundreds of agitated parents since yesterday morning.

“We appeal all of you to please vacate this area peacefully. Do not resort to violence,” said a senior police officer, addressing the crowd on loudspeakers.

The protesters want the police to take action against the school where a seven-year-old child was found murdered inside a toilet on Friday. The student of class 2 had his throat slit allegedly by a school bus conductor, who also tried to sexually assault the boy.

The acting principal of the Ryan International School, Neerja Batra, has already been suspended. The services of the private agency which provided security to the school have also been suspended.

The police have promised to complete the investigation and file a chargesheet in the case within a week. They also say they will push for a fast-track court to hold the trial.

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