Nalanda/Nagpur: The director of a school, Devendra Prasad, died on Sunday after being thrashed by a mob following recovery of the bodies of two students from a ditch in Bihar’s Nalanda district.
Prasad died during treatment at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Nalanda’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Sidharth Mohan Jain told media.
A post-mortem was being carried out on the body to ascertain the exact cause of the school official’s death, he said.
TV footage showed that the director of the Devendra Public School located near Nirpur village was mercilessly beaten up with lathis by a mob which held him responsible for the death of the students, identified as Ravi Kumar and Sagar Kumar.
Some in the crowd mercilessly beat up Mr. Prasad with lathis, while some of them kicked him as he lay on the ground with his face down, the officer said. The badly bruised official was taken by a police team led by the DSP (Law and Order) Sanjay Kumar to Sadar hospital at Biharsharif from where he was referred PMCH, the SP said. He said strict action would be taken against the guilty persons. An FIR was lodged against those people responsible for the assault on the official, Mr. Jain said.
Earlier in the day, the bodies of the students, aged around 7-8 years, were recovered from a waterbody.
Charging the slain official with being responsible for the deaths, the villagers attacked the school torching two rooms with LPG cylinders, besides a couple of vehicles.