A video purportedly showing a\u00a0village panchayat member thrashing a primary school student at\u00a0a village in Kutch district of Gujarat has gone viral on\u00a0social media, prompting the authorities to initiate an inquiry\u00a0into the incident.\u00a0The man, a member of Raydhanpar village panchayat in\u00a0Bhuj taluka, also happens to be a member of the panchayat's\u00a0school management committee. He was caught in a CCTV camera\u00a0beating up a class VII student yesterday. After the video went viral, the Kutch district\u00a0education authorities initiated an inquiry and said action\u00a0will be taken against the man, identified as Mada Baradiya, by\u00a0the district development officer (DDO).\u00a0In the video, Baradiya is seen dragging a student and\u00a0slapping and kicking him several times.\u00a0The video shows another student trying to intervene,\u00a0although it fails to prevent him from beating up the boy with\u00a0a stick. After a while, he drags the boy inside a classroom\u00a0and beats him up there, before leaving the room. Meanwhile,\u00a0teachers are seen standing as mute spectators.\u00a0"We received the video this morning, and we have\u00a0initiated an inquiry. Since the man is a member of the gram\u00a0panchayat, we will send the report to the district development\u00a0officer for further action against him," district primary\u00a0education officer Sanjay Parmar said. "The incident took place during the recess yesterday,\u00a0and the man is identified as the school management committee\u00a0member and a gram panchayat member. We have launched an inquiry and the report will be sent to the DDO today," he\u00a0said. Baradiya apparently lost his cool after the boy used\u00a0some abusive word, Parmar said.\u00a0He said parents of the boy came to complain about the\u00a0incident and sought strong action against Baradiya.\u00a0They also demanded that the man should be barred from\u00a0entering the school premises henceforth, he said. "We have promised that strong action will be taken\u00a0against him. The DDO will also appeal to the education\u00a0department in this regard," Parmar said.