HYDERABAD: A school playground brawl between two tenth-standard students resulted in the death of one of them, sending shockwaves among the student community and parents. This incident comes close on the heels of death of 17-year-old Nabil Mohammed of Mir Chowk in a similar fight.
Mohd Ameer Siddiqui (14) and his classmate (minor’s name withheld) exchanged furious blows during recess time after which both of them collapsed and had to be hospitalised. While Siddiqui succumbed to his injuries, his classmate is undergoing treatment and his condition is stated to be stable. Police said that during lunch break on Tuesday, the two students of St Joseph’s Public School, King Koti entered into a heated argument and soon began exchanging blows even as their classmates and other students watched. Sources said that the fight began after some comments were made against Ameer Siddiqui’s sister, who is also a student of the same school.
Though it is alleged that the accused had reportedly teased her, police said they also learnt about the allegation, but there was no evidence to suggest that it was true.
As the students boxed, one of the punch landed underneath the ear of Ameer, after which he collapsed. The entire incident was captured on the CCTV cameras installed in the school. Ameer was rushed to a corporate hospital where the doctors found that the boy received internal injuries in brain which led to a blood clot. Doctors tried to revive him by performing a brain surgery. However, he did not gain consciousness after the incident. He died this morning. The accused student suffered minor injuries and is also hospitalised.
“At 7.15 a.m. on Wednesday, Ameer succumbed to the injuries. We booked a case under IPC Section 304 Part II (Culpable Homicide not amounting to murder), against the accused minor (14 years). The accused received some minor injuries and was admitted at a private hospital,” said DCP VB Kamalasan Reddy. The police would question the accused in a day or two in the presence of Juvenile Justice Board.
Ameer’s uncle Irfan Hashmat who saw the CCTV footage, gave a different account of the fight. He said that, “Ameer was attacked suddenly, and did not find time to react. He received four to five blows on lower back of his head, and collapsed. The other boy kept on hitting him even after Ameer collapsed on the ground.”
The deceased boy’s mother stays at Masab Tank, and father Mohd Mujuiddin Siddiqui, works at private company in Dubai. The father reached the city by evening. The couple have a daughter, and son (Ameer).The family stays at Masab Tank.
The postmortem was conducted at Osmania General Hospital, and the body was handed over to the relatives by afternoon. Police said that both the students were known to be mild-mannered.
The St Joseph’s Public School’s management declared a holiday and there was no staff on the premises. Police beefed up security at the school to avoid untoward incidents. More than eight policemen were guarding the school’s gates on Wednesday afternoon.