Two students of a private school allegedly committed suicide by drowning in Sankey Tank at Sadashivanagar Tuesday after they were reportedly chastised by the principal and teachers for playing Holi on the school premises Monday.
Sadashivanagar police said Priyanka of Jayanagar and Sonali Gupta of SJ Palya near Tavarekere were Class X students at Mary Immaculate School, in Lakkasandra Extension near Wilson Garden.
The incident came to light around 1 pm on Tuesday, when the park gardener noticed bags, slippers and other belongings of the girls. Police rushed to the scene and found a suicide note on the spot. The girls alleged that the principal of the school and a teacher were responsible for their extreme step.
Priyanka’s father Janardhan, who is employed with the fire department, has accused the school authorities of driving the girls to suicide. “My daughter had been harassed by the school for the past three years. On Tuesday morning, the day after Holi, they threatened to deny her the hall ticket for the examination,” Janardhan said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) BR Ravikanthe Gowda said police are trying to verify the authenticity of the suicide note and will register a case based on the complaint lodged by the students’ parents.
Sadashivanagar police said they have brought in the two teachers for interrogation.