Vikash Sharma

At a time the Odisha government is stressing on ‘punishment-free zones’, students are allegedly subjected to corporal punishments in several schools in the State. This was again evident after five students were 'brutally thrashed' by a teacher in Narasinghpur area of Cuttack district.

The teacher in dock Madhav Roul allegedly beat up five students of Nuagada primary school moments after they returned from toilet.

As per reports, Roul is deployed at another school and was deputed to Nuagada primary school for a day after the teacher of the concerned school had some work in bank.

The students alleged that teacher Madhav Roul was dozing inside the classroom.

“We had sought permission from the teacher to go to the toilet and he had allowed us. But when we returned, he started beating us with a cane,” alleged a standard five student.

On getting information about the incident, the Block Education Officer (BEO) visited the school for an inquiry. Though the teacher assured the BEO not to repeat the mistake, the guardians demanded action against him. The BEO informed that the matter has been resolved after seeking an undertaking from the teacher.