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Widespread corporal abuse at Virar school comes to light as more students complain

Sunday, 31 August 2014 - 5:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Police arrest two more Vagad Gurukul teachers in connection with three deaths

More students are accusing teachers of the Vagad Gurukul International School, Virar, of assault and even locking children up in bathroom for hours as punishment.

These charges come even as the police arrested two more teachers from the school in connection with the death of three Class 9 students.

Meet Chadhwa, Prahul Patel and Kushal Dhada were found dead behind the school campus after they went missing on August 25. Though the police claim suicide, injury marks on the bodies have raised suspicion of foul play.

The students' parents say their children were murdered.

Who are the new teachers to be held?
The Virar police have arrested computer teacher Arun Sharma and accountant Ashish Khanvilkar. They had earlier arrested Sanskrit teacher Ripusudan Garg and PT Teacher Sandeep Palwa.

What are the fresh complaints?
According to the Virar police, many students are now complaining of ill- treatment. They say they have been beaten up and were locked up inside bathroom for hours for not completing homework or for scoring low marks. Students say there have been times when they were beaten up till they pleaded for mercy.

Has there been any major complaint?
Once a student was left with a fractured hand after he was beaten up by a teacher. Though the management was informed, they did not take any action, said a police official.

What are the charges against the teachers?
Sharma and Khanvilkar have been arrested under Sections 324 (volunatrily causing grievous hurt by dangerous means or weapons), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal code. Garg and Palwa have been reprimanded in police custody till September 1.

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