Wednesday, December 6, 2023
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According to police, a teacher at Adarsh Primary School in Karnataka’s Gadag district severely beat up a 10-year-old student and threw him off the first floor of the school building, killing him. The child’s mother was also attacked and injured when she tried to intervene.

The accused, has been identified both as Muthappa Yellappa Kuri, aged 45, in reports by the PTI. He reportedly flew into a fit of rage, and assaulted the class 4 boy, named Bharath Barikeri, with a shovel, before throwing him off a first-floor balcony of the government-run school. His mother, Geetha Barikeri, a teacher at the same school, was also assaulted and injured when she tried to stop him, and is currently recovering at a local hospital.

Shivprakash Devaraju, a senior police officer of Gadag district, told reporters, “The reason is not clear now…prima facie it looks like some family issues among them”. Muthappa is currently absconding, with a state-wide manhunt in progress, as reported by sources in the state police.

“We do not know the exact reason for the guest teacher to attack the student. Once the teacher is arrested, the motive will be known,” Nargund DSP Shivanand Katagi said. The police reported that Kuri continued to assault the child, even as the student’s mother and two others tried to intervene and stop the attack. In a fit of rage, the guest teacher allegedly struck the boy’s mother and a couple of other individuals with a shovel, causing serious injuries.


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