Uttar Pradesh schoolboy attack: Suspect admits she was acting on directions of a blue whale-like game, say Police sources

Police in the general diary mentioned she wanted the school to shut down, but sources say she was acting on directions of the game. However, investigations are going by victim's statement.

Published: 18th January 2018 04:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th January 2018 08:05 PM   |  A+A-

UP CM Yogi Adityanath met the student of Class 1 of Brightland School who was injured after another student attacked him. (ANI)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: The principal of Brightland school, where a class I student was stabbed in the washroom by a senior girl student, was taken into custody for hiding the incident and tampering with evidence.

Hritik Sharma (7), a class 1 student at the state board-affiliated Brightland College in Triveni Nagar locality was found in a pool of blood in the school washroom on Tuesday morning. The boy was admitted to the trauma centre of King George’s Medical University (KGMU), where his condition was stated to be stable. On Wednesday evening, the boy told the police that a senior girl student of his school took him to the washroom and attacked him with a knife.

“A short-hair Didi took me to the bathroom and started beating me first with a wiper and then attacked me with a knife,” Hritik purportedly told the police in his statement. 

After interrogating around 45 persons, including students and staff of the school, when the Aliganj police showed Hrithik a photo of a Class 7 girl student of the school, he immediately identified her as the culprit. 

While the police began questioning the 11-year-old accused, principal Rachit Manas was arrested for allegedly hushing up the case on the day of the incident and hiding evidence.

The police had earlier filed an FIR on the complaint of the school management against an unidentified person under IPC sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt). 

On the other hand, the director of the school Veena Vyas said, "I am taking all precautions in view of the Ryan International school case. We are also looking at whether it is due to the deadly game 'Blue Whale Challenge'."

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Deepak Kumar said that the boy was attacked with a vegetable knife. “We have recovered the weapon from the site of the incident. We have also sent the hair of the accused found on the body of the victim for DNA profiling and the accused will soon be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board,” said the SSP, adding that the girl was being questioned by women police officers in plain clothes.

According to the sources, the minor girl had earlier escaped from her house twice during the last one year,  once carrying Rs 1 lakh. The father of the accused is said to be a village development officer.

The police sources claimed that during questioning, the girl admitted that she was acting on the directions of a blue whale-like game she was addicted to. 

Meanwhile, CM Yogi Adityanath visited the victim in KGMU Trauma Centre and took stock of his medical condition from the doctors here on Thursday.

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