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Minor student found dead in school
School claims suicide
SRINAGAR, July 25: An 11 year old student was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the bathroom of a private school here today.

A police spokesman said the principal of a school in Kursoo Rajbagh, reported that a student of their school, Najeeb-bin-Noor son of late Noor Mohammad of Tengpora, Srinagar aged 11 years has committed suicide in the school bathroom.

“The police reached the spot. The forensic experts inspected the place of occurrence the body of the student has been sent for post mortem. Police has initiated inquest proceeding u/s 174 CrPC in this regard,” the spokesman added.

Reports said Salih Sublime High School, which accommodates mostly the students from Orphan Centres re-opened like other schools today after the summer vacations.

“I was in my office when a ninth class student Adil informed me that Najeeb is missing from the class though his bag was there. I took it easy and asked the boy to look for him. He came back saying that Najeeb is possibly inside the bathroom and he is not opening the door. We all went there and I told them to break the door. What we saw was shocking. Najeeb was lying dead there,” Principal Sameer Ahmed Mir said, adding that it was the first day of the school and due to office work, he had not attended any class till this unfortunate incident occurred.

Sameer Ahmed further said he called the police who took the body of Najeeb for postmortem.

“I was being questioned and I am telling the police to reveal the circumstances behind his death. It is absurd to say that teachers in the school resort to corporal punishment. Tell me for God’s sake, that it was the first day of the school and how could a teacher during the early hours of the first day resort to corporal punishment,” he said, adding that he has complete faith in police system and hopefully truth will surface.

One of students said that no student was beaten up by any teacher as no morning assembly was held due to wet ground.

The deceased was living in Al-Mahmood, an orphanage home after the death of his father. Al-Mahmood Children’s Home is run by Darooul Aloom Rahimia Bandipora and its patron is Maulana Rehmatullah. Despite repeated attempts the warden of the Al-Mahmood Children’s Home, Altaf Ahmed could not be contacted.

A police official said that they are waiting for the postmortem report and accordingly the investigation would be taken up.

News Updated at : Friday, July 26, 2013
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