A ten-year-old boy was mercilessly stabbed and his throat was slit while he was sleeping in the hostel of a Madarsa in UP on Tuesday. The student was rushed to the Medical College Hospital in Meerut in a critical condition.
The incident reportedly occurred in the Madarsa Islamiya Arabiya Ahle Sunnat Faiz-ul Uloom Rahmania in the Mohammadabad village under the Gajraula station limits.
The police suspect an insider’s role in the crime. They have detained two Madarsa staffs for questioning.
According to reports, the blood trail led the police straight to the room of the hostel, where the victim was sleeping along with 16 other children. “There were 17 students in the hall when the attack took place. All of them were sleeping. Assailants entered the room clandestinely and slit the student’s throat and stabbed him. The attackers fled after a student woke up to the pandemonium and started shouting for help,” said a madarsa staffer.
Hearing the screams, the other madarsa staffers woke up and rushed to the hall.
The principal of the Madarsa took the child to a nearby community health centre (CHC), from where he was referred to the Medical College in Meerut.
The knife used in the crime belonged to the common kitchen of the madarsa. The police later recovered it from a field next to the seminary’s boundary. They confirmed that “there were visible attempts to wipe the stains.”
Superintendent of Police (SP) Vipin Tada and Gajraula Station House Officer (SHO) D.K. Sharma reached the Madarsa and started the investigation in the case. They have registered a case against unidentified persons.
SP Tada said, “Police have registered a case and detained two persons from the madarsa on suspicion. There were bloodstains on the floor of another room of a suspect. The culprit tried to wash it with water. We suspect that someone from the madarsa is involved in the attack. The cause of the attack is yet to be ascertained.”
The Madarsa housed almost 200 children.