KAKINADA ( AP ): In a shocking incident that outraged the country, the visually-challenged principal of the Green Field Residential School here viciously beat up four students for reportedly being mischievous and not studying well.
The incident, which occurred on July 18, came to light on Monday after a video footage of the assault was aired by various TV channels, triggering widespread outrage. A person who had recorded the episode released the clip to the media.
Enraged by the episode, parents and members of student associations on Monday raided the school, thrashed school correspondent K Venkateswara Rao and principal T Srinivasa Rao. TDP leader B Satyanarayana is the chairman of the school. The fact that the principal had refused to stop his relentless assault on the blind children despite repeated pleas from them enraged the public.
The police on Monday intervened and found that the injured students - P Sai, 9, C H Iswar, 12, P Surendra, 12 and K Johnson, 11 -- were not provided with any medical aid and left to suffer in the hostel.
The police shifted them to the General Hospital here for treatment.
Hearing the news, Kakinada Rural MLA Pilli Anantha Lakshmi, Collector Neetu Prasad, deputy superintendent of police Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy and other officials rushed to the school.
The Collector directed district educational officer M S Reddy to conduct an inquiry and submit a report soon.
Meanwhile, state Home Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Nimmakayala Chinarajappa phoned Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar and directed him to take necessary action.
Kakinada Rural inspector Pallapu Raju said that based on the complaint of the tahsildar and students, the correspondent and principal were arrested and a case was registered against them under Section 324 of the IPC and Section 23 of the Juvenile Act.