The teacher Sukesh Paul.

Silchar: A government school teacher in Cachar district was, on Saturday, allegedly beaten up brutally by people in front of his students for scolding a student of the school and thrashing him with a bamboo stick regarding a study-related matter recently.

As per available information, the incident took place at the 243 Saidpur Lower Primary School under the Katigorah education block in the Cachar district. The teacher, Sukesh Paul, lodged an FIR with the Katigorah police station on Saturday.

Sukesh, who has been associated with the school since 2016 and works as an assistant teacher, told police in his statement that a group of people, including Usha Ranjan Roy, his wife Meera, and their three sons: Bappon, Nibhu Ranjan and Pintu entered the 243 Saidpur Lower Primary School, about 36km from Silchar, around 10 am on Saturday (when Sukesh was taking a class) and beat him up brutally in front of his students.

The people, who abused him with obscene language and assaulted him with a piece of wood in front of his students, took away around Rs 1,000 cash and some important documents from him. School headmaster Suparno Deb, who tried rescuing Sukesh, was given death threats by the people, Sukesh told in his statement to the police.

Sukesh told reporters that he had caned one of his students a few days ago for a study-related matter. He claimed that the student’s family members attacked him for taking “revenge.”

Sources said Sukesh, who originally belongs from Borgolai under Margherita police station in Tinsukia district and presently stays in Kalain in Cachar district, went to Katigorah police station on Saturday afternoon with the school headmaster and school management committee’s president and lodged an FIR. Police took him to a local hospital for his medical examination. Thereafter, a team of cops led by Katigorah police station’s sub-inspector Shyamoli Gogoi visited the school and started an investigation, the sources said.

On Saturday evening, residents, including a member of West Katigorah Zilla Parishad Ashim Dutta, met the officer-in-charge of Katigorah police station Nabakumar Saikia and demanded immediate arrest of those involved in attacking the school teacher.

Venting his fury, Ashim Dutta said the incident brought shame to Katigorah and that assaulting a teacher for caning his student (which is normal for making students sincere towards studies) is unacceptable.

The matter should be probed and stern action taken against those found involved in the crime, Dutta said.

On being contacted, Nabakumar Saikia told EastMojo on Sunday that the accused persons, who hail from Saidpur, Part-II (P.O. Saidpur, Amtola), were absconding, and a manhunt was launched to nab them. Hopefully, they (accused) will be held soon, he said.

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