Body of a student with stab wounds was found inside toilet of a school in Vadodara on Friday. The Class 9 student had knife wounds in his stomach, reports said. The body has been sent for post-mortem and a police team is conducting further investigation.
Several people gathered outside the school building as soon as the news about body of a student being found spread.
The victim, Dev Bhagwandas Tadvi (14), a student of Bharti School in Baranpora area, was accosted by unidentified culprits when he was headed to his classroom on the first floor, the police said.
The incident took place around 12 noon, between the two shifts of the school, they added.
Tadvi had 10 stab wounds on his body, Deputy Police Commissioner (DCP) R S Bhagora said.
“Police recovered sharp-edged weapons and a bottle of water containing chili powder from a school bag which was found lying near a temple adjoining the school,” the DCP said.
Police suspect the assailants threw it after killing Tadvi.
Tadvi’s body has been sent to Sir Sayajirao General Hospital for autopsy, Bhagora said, adding that the police hoped to arrest the culprits soon.
The teen had joined the school only a week ago and was staying with his maternal uncle here, while his parents live in Gujarat’s Anand town, the police said.
A Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team has reached the spot and CCTV footage of the premises has been obtained, they added.
The latest incident is a chilling reminder of last year's case in which a Class 2 student was found with his throat slit inside the washroom of a reputed Gurgaon school. The case had sparked off wide-scale outrage over lack of security inside school premises.
The police had initially arrested bus driver for killing the child but the CBI rejected the police's theory and arrested a 16-year-old student of the same school for his involvement in the murder case.
The Juvenile Justice Board had later ruled that the accused would be tried as an adult.
(With PTI inputs)