Bengaluru: After allegations that a teacher had tried to secually harass a 7-year-old student at a private school in Bengaluru, the enraged public attacked and beaten a physical education teacher. Chaos prevailed in Byatarayanapura, with the public burning vehicles parked in the school. The police were forced to use tear gas shells and lathicharge to disperse the mob. A constable sustained injuries on his head and has been rushed to a hospital. The police later arrested the teacher.
It all began, when parents of 7-year-old girl came to the school, accusing the PT teacher of sexually assaulting their child. Soon the word spread in neighborhood and mob started gathering. Policemen who had parked their jeep outside the school, found it difficult to take suspect to vehicle because of the mob. Finally, when the police took the teacher out of the compound, few members of the mob pounced on him and started hitting him. Police had to cane charge these men in order to get the teacher into the jeep.
The mob fury that followed, saw several vehicles being set on fire. The police had to use water cannons to manage the situation. MN Reddi, city police commissioner, said that despite the requests from the senior officers present on the spot, mob continued to create trouble, demanding that the PT teacher should be handed over to them.
"When the situation went out of control, we had to resort to lathicharge and use tear gas. We will not allow mob justice of any kind to take place in the city, there is a police force to bring the criminals to justice," he said.