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14-yr-old sets himself ablaze in school in Fbd, critical

14-yr-old sets himself ablaze in school in Fbd, critical
In a shocking incident, a class 8 student of Holy Child Public School in Faridabad tried to immolate himself with petrol inside the washroom in school premises. He received 45 per cent burn injures and is battling for his life at Safdarjung hospital in Delhi.

The exact reason behind the extreme step is yet to be ascertained, however the family claims the child was depressed after his maternal grandfather’s death.

‘The incident took place at around 8.40 am after the school’s assembly was over. Instead of going to his classroom, the 14-year-old went to the washroom and set himself ablaze by pouring petrol on him’, said a police official close to the investigation.

The incident came to light when a sweeper noticed smoke emanating from a toilet inside the washroom. He immediately raised an alarm and the school staff gathered at the spot. They managed to control the fire and rushed him to nearby Sarvodaya Hospital.

The hospital referred him to Safdarjung hospital where he is undergoing treatment. In the meantime, the authorities of Sarvodaya hospital informed police about the incident. The police team reached the crime spot. The police said the child was carrying the petrol bottle and matchstick with him. It has also ruled out reports that the child set himself ablaze after being harassed by a teacher.

The victim’s widowed mother, who runs a beauty parlour in Sector 29 here, told police that he was living with his maternal grandparents since his father died in 2009. Two days ago, his grandfather died due to heart attack and the victim was depressed since then. He went to school on Wednesday after two days, the mother informed.

‘We are investigating the case from all possible angles to ascertain the exact cause behind taking this extreme step. No suicide note has been recovered from his possession. The victim remained unfit for statement,’ the police officer said.

A case under relevant sections of IPC has been registered at Sector 29 police station.
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