Asian pupil’s stomach ripped open for R30 and cellphone…

Asian pupil Dilkash Baliraj, 16: abdomen ripped open for R30 and cell phone
21 nov 2011 CHATSWORTH. MEREBANK, KZN, South Africa. Milbank Secondary pupil Dilkash Baliraj’s abdomen was ruthlessly ripped open and many vital organs were damaged, including his spleen, pancreas, stomach and his left lung which was punctured.

BALIRAJ Dilkash stomach ripped open by Ganges secondary student for R30 and cellphone MEREBANK CHATSWORTH KZN His father Dinesh works as a truck driver for Engen refinery and cannot afford the steep R300,000 medical bill… reported by Ashley Lechman.
      The 16-year-old Merebank Secondary pupil is recovering in the ICU ward after he was brutally stabbed for his cell phone and R30, by a 20-year-old pupil from Ganges Secondary School while on his way home from school on Thursday.  Baliraj — from Merebank — was walking home from school when he was approached by a pupil allegedly from Ganges Secondary School who was armed with a knife. He allegedly stabbed the grade 10 pupil first in his forehead and then repeatedly in his abdomen at the corner of Junagarth Road and Khadir Road.

BALIRAJ Dilkash IN ICU stomach ripped open by Ganges secondary student for R30 and cellphone MEREBANK CHATSWORTH KZN

Chatsworth, Merebank is located near Durban, South Africa
Chatsworth, Merebank is located near Durban, South Africa

The Ganges pupil who was arrested on Saturday by the Wentworth SAP fled with Baliraj’s cell phone and his wallet which contained R30.  According to Dilkash’s father, Dinesh Baliraj, other pupils who were passing by chased the aggressor-pupil away and residents rendered their assistance. They then contacted the boy’s mother and informed her about what had happened. He was transported to the Merebank Medical centre and then to St Augustines Hospital to receive further treatment.

‘ Twenty-year-old ‘secondary school pupil’ is a thug who has robbed many other pupils before…’

Dinesh Baliraj, who is still in shock from the incident, said, “As a family, we are trying our best to cope with the situation and stay strong for our younger daughter. There has never been such a bad student attack in Merebank. The Ganges pupil who is a 20-year-old was not dressed in his uniform. He will be dealt with as an adult and he must receive the full force of the law. Other pupils informed me that he is a thug and he has robbed many other pupils before.  When I saw my son at the hospital before he went in for surgery, he told me that he would not know when he would see me again. As a parent this is the worst thing that could happen to you. As a law abiding citizen of this country, I pay my taxes and I want the death penalty to be reinstated.”

Dilkash’s abdomen was ripped open and many vital organs were damaged, including his spleen, pancreas, stomach and his left lung which was punctured. His spleen and pancreas had to be removed and his stomach had to be reconstructed as well. Dilkash who is an A aggregate pupil has missed many of his exams.  Dinesh who has been sedated to remain calm, added, “The medical bills are in an excess of about R300, 000 and I may have to sell my house to pay it. I am a truck driver for Engen refinery and I cannot afford to pay the steep bill.”

http://www.looklocal.co.za/looklocal/content/en/chatsworth/chatsworth-news-general?oid=4871205&sn=Detail&pid=1171671&Pupil-stabbed-for-R30-and-a-cell-phone

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About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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