Minutes after she left for her daily morning walk on the terrace of a four-storied building, a 16-year-old girl was found dead, her body sprawled on the ground.
The incident occurred in Taruchaya Residential Complex at Narkeldanga, under Netaji Police station of South Kolkata. The deceased, Anushka Mondal, was a Class XI student of South Point School.
Police sources said the girl was being counselled by a doctor for her addiction to cellphones and social networking sites. No suicide note has been recovered yet.
A rickshaw-puller identified as Anath Panja was the first to notice Anushka lying in a pool of blood and informed the residents, who in turn called the police. She was rushed to M R Bangur Hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead.
The police have registered a case of unnatural death. While a post-mortem examination was conducted, police are waiting for the report to ascertain the exact cause of death.
“Prima facie, the fall from a height caused her death. Whether she fell from the terrace accidentally or committed suicide is being investigated. We are waiting for the autopsy report,” said Deputy Commissioner of South Suburban Division Bandana Varun Chandra Shekhar.
The DC said police have seized Anushka’s cellphone, which was found lying on the terrace.
“It was around about 7.30 am when we came to know about it. She used to take a walk on the terrace every morning. We often saw her walking while talking on her cellphone,” said a woman resident of the complex, who didn’t want to be identified.
Anushka’s family members too confirmed that she used to go for morning walks on the terrace. She used to leave for school by carpool at around 11 am. Her school started at 12 pm. “Anushka was a very disciplined child. We are shocked at her death,” said an official from the South Point School.
Police sources said Anushka’s parents had revealed that their daughter would always be on her phone and spent hours on social networking sites. “Through her parents we came to know that she had scored around 94 per cent in Class X board examinations, but suddenly, her performance had gone down. According to her parents, she was very adamant and would fight whenever they would object to her habit of using her phone excessively. She was undergoing counselling for her behaviour,” a senior police officer told The Indian Express.
Both of Anushka’s parents are LIC agents. Her father, Sumit Mondal, stayed in Asansol for work and used to come home every weekend. He was in Asansol when he received the news of his daughter’s death.