Lucknow: A Class 1 student was attacked in school with a knife, allegedly by a girl who is his senior, in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow - a case that is chillingly similar to the murder of a seven-year-old at Gurgaon's Ryan International School.
- Police are yet to identify the attacker and establish it was a student
- Many parents panicked, accused officials of trying to hush up case
- Footage from 70 security cameras in school being examined
The police said on Tuesday morning, a Class 6 girl of Brightland School called the six-year-old boy, took him to the toilet and attacked him with a kitchen knife, which has been found. The 11-year-old girl had told the child, "If I attack you and harm you, only then will the school announce a holiday."
The school's principal Rachit Manas allegedly hid the incident for a day. He has been arrested for negligence. Security cameras in the school allegedly didn't cover the toilet where the incident took place, as they should have.
"Hair has been found on the boy that matches the girl's hair. We have sent it for DNA profiling. The incident involves children, so we will bring the matter before a juvenile justice board," said senior police officer Deepak Kumar.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the boy in hospital today; he has deep wounds on the chest and stomach, but is out of danger.
"I was informed by the school that my son is injured, that he has been attacked with knife by a girl," said the boy's father.
As news of the attack spread and images went viral on social media, many parents panicked about the safety of their children.
The director of the school, Veena Vyas, said, "I am taking all the precautions in view of Ryan International school case."
Last year, seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, a Class 2 student in the Ryan International School, was found with his throat slit near a school washroom. The police have charged a 16-year-old student who, they say, believed that a death would force the school to put off an exam and a parent-teacher meeting he was desperate to avoid.
The Ryan killing jolted the nation and many schools increased their security and installed more CCTV cameras.