"the school buried the body inside the campus to cover up the matter."
Police officers discovered that an Indian school in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, attempted to cover up the murder of a 12-year-old boy after he was beaten to death by his fellow students.
Boarding student Vasu Yadav was beaten by senior students with cricket bats and wickets. His body was then buried on the school campus after doctors declared him dead.
The incident took place on March 10, 2019, but the victim’s parents were unaware that their son died until his body was found.
The incident only came to light when the Uttarakhand Commission for Protection of Child Rights intervened.
It was also revealed that there was a delay in taking the boy to the hospital after he was beaten by the students.
The young boy had allegedly stolen a packet of biscuits during a school outing which resulted in the school banning students from leaving the campus.
Students blamed the boy for the punishment and he was allegedly tortured for hours as a result. He was beaten inside a classroom with cricket bats and wickets.
The victim was also made to bathe in cold water and forced to drink unhygienic water. A school warden spotted the boy lying unconscious in the classroom.
He was taken to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.
SSP Nivedita Kukreti said: “He was beaten up in phases in the afternoon, while he was taken to hospital in the late evening.
“Instead of reporting the matter to police immediately, the school buried the body inside the campus to cover up the matter.”
Usha Negi, the chairperson of the Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said that the school made every attempt to cover up the crime.
She said: “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 added that “they didn’t even bother to inform the parents, who live in Hapur, that their child had died”.
Police officers found the victim’s body on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, and a post-mortem was conducted. Reports revealed the cause of death was down to internal injury.
Police officers arrested five people including the school manager, warden, physical training teacher and two students.
They were charged under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 302 (murder).