Gedu police detain Pakshikha Central School warden

Gedu police detained the warden of Pakshikha Central School (PCS), who was accused of battering two class 10 students since May 9.

Police completed the investigation and forwarded  the report to the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) head office in Thimphu on May 12.

Gedu’s officer-in-command (OC), Pema Dangsel, said they also informed the findings of the investigation to the Chukha dzongkhag education office.

“It is a battery case,” the OC said.

The police investigation also found out that the warden was under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.

Students who witnessed the assault gave written statements to police stating that the warden was under influence of alcohol.

The incident occurred on the evening of May 1, where the warden had allegedly battered two students with a wooden plank when the students were found in their friends’ room.

School authorities said a bent nail on the plank, which the warden did not notice, had injured the two students.

School authorities had earlier said that one of the students was hit on the cheeks and the other on the head. Both were required to undergo medical treatment and stitches.

The police report also has similar findings.

Initially, the victims’ parents registered the case with the Gedu police but it was withdrawn after the parents of the students and warden resolved it mutually.

However, the education ministry had directed the Chukha education office to re-register the case with the police on May 9.

Meanwhile, sources said that the police might forward the case to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for prosecution.

It was learnt that the warden joined the school two months ago. He was deputed to the school in the government initiative of deputing wardens and matrons in schools.

Chukha dzongkhag education office and PCS authorities said that the warden was given orientation on the code of conducts before he was deputed to the school and after joining the school respectively.

Chukha dzongkhag education officer (DEO) Kinley Gyeltshen said the education office would take necessary action through HRC meeting once they know the degree of offence.

Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing

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