Priest granted bail in beating case

September 17, 2012 by  
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West Bengal, September 15, 2012: The Salesian priest in West Bengal, who was arrested for beating and injuring students, has been granted bail.

Fr. Subir Mandal, former vice principal of Don Bosco School, Bandel, was released from the Hooghly prison after his court hearing Sept. 13.

School principal C.V. Matthew said the priest was no longer in his community since the Salesian Provincial Father Thomas Ellicherail removed him from his services after the incident.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 20.

The priest was arrested on Sept. 5 after a student’s parents lodged a complaint against him for voluntarily causing grievous hurt using dangerous weapons or means, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation.

The incident happened when grade 4 students while decorating the room for teacher’s day turned disorderly and started spraying foam from cans.

The accused priest confiscated the foam cans and allegedly hit two of the students with a can.

The students were seriously injured and required 2 stitches each on their heads.

The priest had, however, after his arrest expressed repressed regret over the incident.

All schools in the state have banned all forms of corporal punishment of students after a high court order 2 years ago.

– ucan