In a horrific incident reminiscent of the murder of a seven-year-old student at the Ryan International School in Gurgaon, Hrithik Sharma, a Class 1 student was stabbed by a senior in a Lucknow school on Tuesday.
According to the police, Hrithik in a statement on Wednesday told them a "didi with boy-cut hair" took him to the bathroom on the second floor, slapped and then stabbed him.
The boy has been admitted to the trauma centre of King George's Medical University, where UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited him on Wednesday.
Hrithik has identified the perpetrator and police are questioning the 12-year-old Class 6 girl student.
Talking to the media, SSP Lucknow Deepak Kumar said, "He was attacked by a girl student of class 6 with a knife used to chop vegetables. We have sent the hair of the girl found on the body of the child, for DNA test. She will be presented before Juvenile Justice Board soon.
Meanwhile, Reena Manas, the principal of Brightland school has been taken under police custody. The school has also been slapped with a showcause notice by the district inspector of schools.
On Thursday morning parents staged a protest outside the school.
The similarities between the Lucknow and Gurgaon incidents are eerily similar.
Both the incidents took place in the school toilets. And the reason for the gruesome act? The senior wanted the Lucknow school to close early.
Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, a student of Class 2 at Ryan International was found with his throat slit in the school bathroom on September 8, 2017.
Probing the incident, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took a 16-year-old student of the same school in custody on charges of murdering Pradyuman.
According to the CBI, the teenager killed his schoolmate in a bid to postpone examinations.