In a shocking video that has gone viral on social media, a group of students in India was seen assaulting a teacher and placing a trash can on his head during a class.

The incident took place at a public school in Karnataka on Dec. 6. Before the incident, the teacher allegedly found an empty packet of chewing tobacco on the classroom floor and asked students to maintain decorum. Following the scolding, some students started beating the teacher.

In the video, the students can be seen hitting the 59-year-old teacher, identified as Prakash Bogar, with a trash can. Eventually, some students place the can on Bogar's head while others remain seated.

Bogar allegedly did not inform the school headmaster and other staff about the incident. It came to light after the video went viral on social media.

"Assault on teacher by students at a school in Channagiri taluk of Davanagere district cannot be tolerated. Education Dept & police probing the matter. Instructed to take appropriate action. We'll always be with teachers," BC Nagesh, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education in Karnataka, was quoted as saying by ANI.

The education minister said the incident will be investigated.

Bogar has refrained from filing a complaint against the students as it would jeopardize their future. However, a police complaint has been filed against four students by the education department, TimesNow News reported.

Following the release of the video, viewers raised concerns and asked the education board to take action against the students. "The entire class needs to be suspended for a week and people involved in this crime should be jailed and should be disqualified for the entire academic year," one user said on Twitter.

Bogar, however, asked the outraged education board and staff to forgive the students. "Please forgive those students, don’t file any case against them or dismiss them from classes," he said, according to the Indian Express.

Bogar said the students were young and "made a mistake." He added that there is no need for police involvement. "This is a lesson for them and they will be better," he was cited as saying by the outlet.

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