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Formal complaints likely in Sanawar case
GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
Apprehensive that failure to lodge formal complaints would pave the way for return of the seven Sanawar students expelled last week for brutally beating up a group of juniors, parents of some of the victims today planned to seek legal opinion and file FIRs.

Expelled students, they said, belonged to influential families and could seek judicial remedy to get back to school. They were satisfied with the prompt action taken by the school but after going through the statements made by the DC and the SP of Solan, who have conducted an official inquiry into the incident, they are inclined to press charges, they added.

The clash took place following a basketball match between Lawrence School, Sanawar and a team from Delhi. The junior students were accused of not doing enough to cheer the school team and were beaten up with hockey sticks, iron rods, leather belts and wet towels. One of the senior students, son of a police officer, is said to have taken the lead.

Mother of one of the victims, Shallu Gupta, said in Chandigarh, “ If we do not lodge any complaint against these students, this may become a ground for the culprits to get away.” She was worried about her son’s disability. If the perforated ear drums turn into a permanent disability, it would become a long nightmare for the entire family, she feared.

The Solan SP told The Tribune, “We spoke to some of the parents today and they have shown an interest in formally approaching us. For the time being, we have held up submission of the report. If they do lodge complaints, we would file an FIR against them and proceed as per law.”

Another parent Haneela Bajwa, whose son too sustained injuries, said she had not yet got in touch with other parents but would support any decision taken by other other aggrieved guardians.

The father of yet another student said that while they had full faith in the Headmaster and supported the action taken by him, parents would like to ensure that the culprits do not return to Sanawar. Some of the parents are likely to visit the school shortly before sending their wards back to the hostel.

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