In a shocking incident, a class 10 student in Mahbubnagar was alleged tied to a volleyball post and thrashed by two policemen on Saturday, as per a Times of India report.
The boy, who is a student of Zilla Parishad High School at Midjil in Mahbubnagar, was beaten allegedly at the behest of some teachers, after he took a photograph of his maths teacher sleeping in class.
Mahbubnagar police denied hitting the boy and claimed he was caught consuming alcohol on the school premises.
The boy had bruises all over his body, the report says.
Meanwhile, the student claims he was sitting with his friends and having a soft drink when he was caught.
“The boy had taken the sleeping teacher's photo on July 27 and forwarded it to the Mahbubnagar district education officer (DEO) on WhatsApp. The next day the DEO suspended teacher K Ramulu,“ Balala Hakkula Sangham honorary president Achyuta Rao said.
Angered by this, some teachers decided to teach him a lesson and contacted SI Saidulu who, along with ASI Jahangir, went to the school on Saturday and beat him up, Rao claimed.
“We had pooled money and bought a Thumbs Up. When we saw the cops, others managed to run away but they caught me, tied me to the volleyball post and beat me with a stick,“ the student told the NGO in an audio message.
The boy who suffered injuries to his arms and legs also alleged that he was abused later at the police station and the policemen took away his cell phone.
The NGO has demanded suspension of the two police officers involved.
Mahbubnagar SP Rema Rajeswari, who ordered an inquiry into the incident by deputy SP Bhaskar Goud, however, maintained that the student and a few others were found consuming alcohol inside the school.
She said that police took action based on the complaint by the school authorities and if the boy was beaten or slapped by police officers, action will be taken as per law.
Rao said that the injury marks on the boy were from those made by sticks used by policemen and claimed that there was an attempt to dilute the probe and absolve the policemen of any child abuse charges.