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Teacher thrashes student, mother dies of shock

Mohali (Punjab), June 1 (Calcutta Tube) The mother of a 13-year-old boy died of shock after she learnt that her son was thrashed and humiliated by his teacher during a school trip to Manali, the family said Tuesday.

Rattanpreet Singh’s mother died Friday after learning that her son had been beaten up for no fault of his.

The Class 8 student of Yadavindra Public School here had gone on a week-long school trip with 56 others to Manali in Himachal Pradesh May 23.

School teacher Harish allegedly collected Rs.500 from Rattanpreet and Rs.200 from another boy as students were not allowed to carry more than Rs.500 each with them.

When Rattanpreet demanded the money back on their return Friday, the teacher beat him up. Alerted about the beating, his doctor-parents reached the school where the mother, Gurpreet Kaur, suffered cardiac arrest and died.

‘Sir had taken the money from me. When I told other classmates about it, he repeatedly slapped me and hit me with a stick. He said he wanted to teach me a good lesson,’ Rattanpreet told IANS here at his house Tuesday.

The dead woman’s husband, Barinder Singh, said: ‘My wife became very anxious about our son. The school authorities are responsible for my wife’s death. We want strict action against the guilty.’

The school has sacked the guilty teacher, said vice principal Anita Kashayap.

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