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Pune man held for brutally assaulting student

PUNE: The head of an Alandi-based spiritual eduction centre was taken into police custody on Friday on the charge of brutally assaulting an 11-year-old student with a stick because he was allegedly not learning his lessons and left work assigned to him incomplete. “The boy, Om Raju Chaudhari, failed unconscious due to fluid build up in his chest after the suspect beat him on his chest and other pars of the body. We have shifted him to a private hospital in Pimpri,” senior inspector Ravindra Chaudhar of the Alandi police station said. Om is currently undergoing treatment at the paediatric intensive care unit of the hospital. A doctor said, “The boy is on ventilator support. His condition is critical.” The officer said, “We have arrested the suspect, Bhagwan Maharaj Povhane (30), of Alandi. He has been charged under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.” The boy’s mother, Kavita Chaudhari (28), a resident of Ambi in Vadgaon Maval, lodged an FIR with the police. The suspect runs a spiritual training centre at Alandi where Om had been studying for a year. In early February, Kavita was informed that Om was not well and the caller told her to take her son home. “Kavita rushed to the centre and found that Om was unconscious. He was admitted to a private hospital at Talegaon Dabhade,” Chaudhar said. He said after gaining consciousness Om told her mother that Povhane had brutally beaten him with a stick. A police team took Povhane into custody from Parbhani district.

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