Boy, 14, dies at police school; kin cry foul play

Kundan Thapa, an eighth grader at Nepal Police School, died on March 29

Apr 16, 2017-Friends and relatives of 14-year-old Kundan Thapa, who allegedly jumped to his death from the third floor of Nepal Police School in Samakhusi on March 29, have accused the school administration of covering up the truth behind the incident.

They have demanded the authorities to conduct a fair investigation into the case, claiming that the school has downplayed the incident with the backing of Nepal Police.     

On Saturday, friends and family members of Kundan organised demonstrations in different parts of the Capital to bring the government’s and the media’s attention of the case. 

While the school insists that the eight grader committed suicide after he was reprimanded for posting sexually explicit materials by making a fake Facebook account in the name of a seventh grader girl student, the boy’s relatives are not convinced with the story.

The school warden, Sarmila Gurung, told the Post that Kundan had admitted to posting lewd images using the fake Facebook account. 

“He ran to the third floor of the school building and jumped when we were about to visit his home to notify the incident to his parents,” Gurung said.

Kundan’s father, Bharat, said that the injuries on his son’s body did not suggest that he had died of an impact from a fall.

“He had an injuries in his head and fingers. And one thing that struck us as odd was blood smears on the wall. My boy was murdered,” he said. 

Both of Kundan’s parents have been staging a sit-in outside the school. 

His mother, Gaumati, said they demand to know the truth but the police was not willing to help.

“The school is not telling us the truth,” she said.

Police Inspector Gambir Jung Thapa, of the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Office in Maharajgunj, said that the police as well as a parliamentary committee were probing the incident.

“We are at the final stages of our investigation. The truth will be out within a week,” he said, urging the boy’s family to have some patience. 

Published: 16-04-2017 08:02

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