Muzaffarnagar: An FIR has been lodged against two of the school managers in UP’s Muzaffarnagar, after 17 girls of class 10 alleged that they were tricked, drugged, and then molested, on the pretext of a practical exam.
On November 18, the two school managers stopped those 17 girls at GGS International School at night, after which they tricked them and spiked their food with drugs, and then molested them. At that time, no female teacher was present on the premises. Girls and their families have alleged that even the police, despite being aware of the incident, tried to save the school managers.
They also allegedly tried to pressurize a local journalist by complaining about him from the school managers for spreading rumors and blackmailing.
After 17 days, the matter finally came to the limelight, when a local BJP MLA Pramod Utwal intervened and a probe was ordered.
The girls were given threats, told that they will be failed in the exams, and their families will be killed if they disclosed the incident to anyone. The students stopped going to school the next day and narrated the entire incident to the family members. The girls alleged that they had made khichdi for dinner but the school manager threw it out and made fresh food, which was allegedly spiked.
Under the POCSO Act and other relevant sections of the IPC, an FIR was lodged against Yogesh Kumar, the operator of Surya Dev Public School, Bhopa, and Arjun Singh, the operator of GGS International School Purkaji.
Meanwhile, the SHO who tried to downplay the incident and ignored the complaints has been shunted out.
Speaking about the incident, Utwal said: “The police station tried its best to suppress the matter. The girl students who were victimised are financially weak.”
SSP Muzaffarnagar Abhishek Yadav said: “A complaint was received from the father of a girl studying in a school under Purkazi police station area and a case was registered in this regard. Five teams have been constituted, including SOG and Crime Branch, and soon both the accused will be arrested. Also, SHO Purkazi has been removed for his laxity and inquiry has been initiated to ascertain if other cops showed laxity in this case.”
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