2 Students Stab Teacher To Death, Protests Begin In Delhi

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New Delhi: A government school teacher died on Monday night after two Class 12 students allegedly stabbed him for informing their parents about their acts of indiscipline.

Police said they have identified the two boys and detained them. Officials said there were around 6-7 students at the crime scene.

The incident was reported at Government Boys Senior Secondary School in west Delhi’s Nangloi.

School authorities said Mukesh Kumar, a Hindi teacher, was allegedly attacked with a knife in a school room after an examination. Kumar, 45, was on ventilator support at the Balaji Action hospital. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

Badan Singh, the principal, said the school had rusticated one of the accused for irregular attendance.

“At around 5 pm, when the exams were over, these students went to the room where Kumar was arranging the answer sheets. They attacked him with a knife,” said Singh.

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia announced an aid of Rs 1 crore for Kumar’s family.
He said his government respects teachers and thinks the contribution of a teacher in the society is as important as a soldier guarding the border.

Some teachers said students involved in the incident used to threaten them too.
“They threatened shoot us if we took action against them. We are now worried for our lives,” said a teacher.

Examinations were stopped at a number of schools across Delhi as the Government School Teachers’ Association started a protest against the murder of Mukesh Kumar. He was stabbed while in class, allegedly by a twelfth grade students, on Monday. According to members of school management committees, exams were stopped at schools on Rani Jhansi Road, New Rohtak Road, Dev Nagar and Prasad Nagar. At some, kids were sent home after the mid-day meal was served.

The GSTA is also organising a ‘condolence meeting’ for Kumar at the evening-shift Government Boys Senior Secondary School, SP Road, Nangloi. The GSTA demands that Kumar’s family be compensated for the tragedy with a minimum of Rs. 2 crore. They also demand that Kumar’s name be included in the name of the school and his statute installed. They also want better security in the schools, the availability of a beat constable of Delhi Police. This was a “planned murder” they say and want Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property Act to be implemented in all Delhi schools.

However, the GSTA is using this also to place other demands — they want the Delhi Government’s programme, Chunauti 2018 to be “scrapped” and the powers of school management committees, that include parents and community members, to be “revised.”

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