Kolkata: In one shocking incident, a 10-pupil student at GD Birla School in Kolkata was found dead with a wrist cleft and a plastic bag wrapped around her head in a bathroom on the school premises on Friday afternoon. The body was sent to post-mortem.
In a three-page suicide note retrieved from the site, the student mentioned that she suffered from depression and could not sleep for the past three months.
Immediately after the incident was discovered, Kolkata Police and Joint Police Commissioner Muralidhar Sharma arrived at the school to examine the scene. They questioned the school authorities and parents as well.
In a statement, Sharma said the student left her classroom around 1:30 p.m. and entered the bathroom. When the teacher, after an hour, realized that the student was missing, a search was started and the body was discovered inside the bathroom. "She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. We apprehend a note of suicide and blades. His face was covered with a plastic sheet. It is too early to comment. All items seized were sent to a postmortem examination. We are also examining CCTV footage, "he said.
A team of forensic experts also arrived at the school and collected samples. "The blades were found inside a plastic container while one of them was lying on the outside. We are awaiting the post-mortem report to ascertain the facts, "said A Reza, a member of the forensic expert team.
A preliminary inquiry revealed that the girl was an intelligent student and was preparing for the admission examination of the Indian Statistical Institute.
Tanmoy Ghosh, a spokesman for the parents' forum, demanded an in-depth investigation and questioned the alleged lack of security on the school premises. "Why did the school authorities not realize that the girl was missing in her classroom for 45 minutes? Where is the security?" He asked.
The victim's father, a software engineer working in Hyderabad, is scheduled to arrive in Calcutta on Friday night. The girl lived with her mother.
In 2017, the school was news after parents carried out large-scale protests after allegations that a student had been molested. Following the demonstrations, two teachers of the school's physical training were arrested under the POSCO Act.