Andhra Pradesh

Death at St. Joseph’s: CCTV footage sought

Kamineni officials, DEO asked to be present at final hearing; mother returns cheque from school

In relation to the case where a Class X student was killed in a brawl in St. Joseph’s School in September this year, the State Minorities Commission has issued notices to the police summoning for the CCTV footage of the incident. Also issued with notices were the authorities of Kamineni Hospital and the District Education Officer of Hyderabad who were asked to furnish details and be present at the final hearing on November 5.

The boy, Mohammed Aamer Siddique, was grievously injured when hit repeatedly by his fellow student in a fist fight during lunch break on September 1. Although rushed to Kamineni Hospital at King Koti, he died the next day owing to internal injuries.

Siddique’s mother Meraj Faiz filed a complaint before the Minorities Commission, holding the school responsible for the incident. Non-availability of staff and inadequate security were alleged to be major lapses on the school’s part, and one of the teachers who arrived there helped the offender, as seen from the CCTV footage, it alleged.

Another allegation was that the treatment was delayed by four hours owing to unwillingness of the school authorities to pay the initial deposit. In relation to this, the Commission has asked the Director of Kamineni Hospitals to furnish a copy of the entire case sheet, with details of action taken and treatment rendered from time to time.

‘Coerced’

In a curious turn of events, the mother offered to return the cheque for Rs.3 lakh received from the school after the incident, alleging that the boy’s grandfather was coerced into accepting the money. He was allegedly made to sign on a request letter for monetary compensation.

“The cheque and the receipt are now deposited with us, as the school management refused to take them back. We are waiting for the footage and the hospital’s version to make the final recommendations,” chairperson of the Minorities Commission Abid Rasool Khan said. Purported copy of the footage deposited with the Commission soon after the incident was empty. Further summons seeking the same were answered by the Station House Officer of Narayanguda Police Station, who said the hard disc had been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for retrieving the data pertaining to the fight.

Footage

The Station House Officer S. Bheem Reddy, when contacted, confirmed the same, and said efforts were being made to procure the footage from YouTube for submission before the Commission, as there could be further delay in obtaining the hard disc. However, any single footage available on YouTube failed to provide the complete picture, as it was edited differently by various television channels.

Allegation refuted

The school management, in their reply to the Commission, refuted all the allegations, and said the hospital expenses were paid in total by the school.

The delay in treatment was owing to preliminary tests conducted by the doctors, the reply said.



Mohammed Aamer Siddique was grievously injured when hit repeatedly by his fellow student in a fist fight during lunch break on September 1



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