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School firing incident : Collector, SP visit school premises, order to raise boundary wall

Udaipur : A day after the shocking incident of firing at the Government Maharawal Senior Secondary School in Dungarpur city, authorities including the Collector and SP visited the school premises on Thursday and took stock of the security measures inside the campus. The officials also inspected the land records to find out the details of the property dispute. Meanwhile, both the accused Jumme Khan and his son Amjad Khan were interrogated thoroughly and later evening produced before the court which gave them to police custody.  Amjad Khan worked in a company in Kuwait and was home for holidays. Soon after the firing, Amjad had fled from home and tried to book a flight to Kuwait to evade an arrest, however, the cops were too quick to hold him by arresting his father who had instigated him to open fire.

Meanwhile, situation was under control and the teaching work went on normally, said the school authorities, however, anxious parents turned up to the school in order to assure themselves of their kids safety. The  school being the oldest and largest one in the district has immense repute, however, the firing incident which is first to happen at any school in the state, hadcome as a big shock not only for the parents but the entire city.

The government officials inspected the disputed piece of land and the boundary wall that is said to be the root of the animosity between the accused and the school management. ” The property dispute is an old one and as per the land records the disputed piece of land belongs to the school and they had built a classroom there. Jumme Khan had lost the case at two courts and now his appeal  is pending with Revenue Board at Ajmer” collector Rajendra Bhatt told Udaipur Kiran over telephone.

There is a nullah in between the two boundary walls and the authorities found it hard to believe that the students could actually jump the 4 feet width nullah and sneak inside Jumme Khan’s garden. Both the boundary walls,one that of the school and the accused’s garden were above 5 feet high. ” The nullah is quite wide and not so easy for kids to jump over. May be the accused tried to find reasons to take up a quarrel with the school authorities and hence showed up frequently at the school with complaints of the children sneaking inside his garden and plucking fruits. To avoid a future confrontation, we have instructed the school to raise the boundary wall to a height upto eight feet so that the accused may not be able to have a view of the school any longer” the collector said.
Teachers took the accused’s threat casually

Jumme Khan often went to the school to complain about children jumping the boundary and plucking fruits from his garden and on wednesday too, around 10.30 am he had met the  teachers. He was too furious and threatened the staff that he would shoot everyone with his gun. Since, the staff was habitual of hearing his complains and a legal aid program was going on with judicial officers present, they asked the accused to come back later. Within half an hour Jumme Khan brought his gun from home and asked his son to open fire at the classroom that was visible from his plot. Meanwhile, the teachers had assigned duties to children, 3 pupils in every classroom to prevent any theft. When the accused opened fire at the classroom, the students were too terrified to report it immediately and so they told about the firing incident only when the school time was to get over.

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