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Kolkata school ransacked after ‘ragged’ student dies

Principal held,CM promises action after 11-yr-old’s death

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
September 15, 2013 4:31:37 am

The Chirst Church Girls High School in Kolkata was vandalised by a mob of guardians Thursday,a day after a class V student,who was allegedly ragged a week ago,died. The mob was aided by a large number of “outsiders” who broke furniture and computers.

Oindrila Das,aged about 11 years,was allegedly ragged by seniors after she failed to donate money on Teachers Day. The seniors locked her in a toilet and she was rescued by a sweeper.

She fell sick and died Wednesday after a doctor administered her an injection. She was declared dead at a private hospital,with her parents,Santanu and Rekha,alleging medical negligence. They have lodged a complaint with Dum Dum police against the school.

The irate mob demanded the school principal be handed over to them. Police and the rapid action force stood guard at the school and confined teachers and the principal,Helen Sarkar,to a room as the mob continued violence for hours.

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Conceding demands of the mob,Sarkar apologised to the parents and handed over her resignation letter to police,who read it out to the agitated gathering. Later in the evening,she was arrested and charged for negligence.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the victim’s family and promised proper investigation into the death of the student. “The Chief Minister called Oindrila’s mother,expressed shock and grief and promised action,” her uncle Alokesh said.

Education Minister Bratya Basu visited the girl’s home and ordered a probe. “Whatever happened is shocking. We have ordered a probe,” he said.

Meanwhile,Oindrila’s parents demanded strict action against the girls who locked her up. They rubbished the claim that she did not inform the school authorities of the incident. The girls who ragged her should be identified and strict action should be taken against them,they said.

“I have lost my daughter. But at least her death has created awareness which will help save many girls the menace of ragging,” father Santanu said.

He condemned the vandalism at the school. “I am shocked to see how the school was ransacked. I never wanted the school to be affected in such a manner. Several other students are studying in the school. Who will compensate the loss? It will take months to rebuild the school. This is unacceptable.”

The school is likely to remain closed for more than a week.

Biplab Bhattacharya,another parent,said: “I have two daughters studying in the school. I did not send them to school today as I had information something might happen there. The vandalism appears to be pre-planned. From 9 am,people,including some guardians,gathered at the school. The school starts at 10 am. Most computers,documents and furniture were ransacked.”

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