A Class 10 student was held under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act in connection with the killing of a junior student, Dev Tadvi, at Bharti School in Vadodara, Gujarat.
In a horrific rerun of the Ryan School murder case in Gurgaon, the Class 9 student was found murdered with multiple stab wounds in the school’s washroom on Friday.
The 17-year-old accused, a student of the same school located in Baranpora area, was held from Valsad town in South Gujarat, Vadodara Police Commissioner Manoj Sashidhar told PTI.
A police team from Vadodara has been sent to Valsad to bring the teenager to the city, he said.
The accused student came under the lens after he was spotted in CCTV footage entering the washroom along with the victim, they said.
According to media reports, the accused wanted to take revenge after being reprimanded by a teacher. He allegedly wanted to see the school closed when he killed Tadvi on Friday.
“He felt insulted and wanted to get the school closed. He then planned to kill someone in the school so it would be forced to shut down,” said an official.
The victim had joined the school only a week ago and was staying with his maternal uncle, while his parents live in Gujarat’s Anand town.
Meanwhile, Jagruti Pandya, chairperson of the Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said the mental condition of the detained student would be examined to know what prompted him to kill his junior.
Pandya said she had sought a report on the incident from the district administration.
She also held meetings with officials of the district education department, the city police commissioner and others.
(With agency inputs)