An investigation into the mysterious death of a 14-year-old school girl in the Thirthahalli taluk of Karnataka’s Shimoga district, which resulted in protests and demands by the BJP and its right wing affiliates for the arrest of a Muslim boy, was on Tuesday officially revealed to be a case of suicide by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Karnataka police.
The 14-year-old girl Nanditha committed suicide by consuming poison after being upset over her academic performance in a new school where she had been admitted and the case did not involve an abduction or rape as was alleged in the complaint, the CID director general of police Bipin Gopalakrishna said here in a press conference on Tuesday.
The CID submitted a 223 page interim inquiry report in the Nanditha death case to the state government on Tuesday. The class eight student committed suicide following disappointment over the medium of instruction in her new school, the CID has stated.
“She was studying with Kannada as the medium of instruction in a private school till Class VII and she obtained good grades. She was admitted to a Government English Medium School from standard eight where her grades fell. She had discussed her unhappiness with the new medium of education with her close friends,” the CID DGP said.
The 14-year-old, the elder of the two daughters of a small shop owner in Balle Bailu in Thirthahalli died on the evening of October 30 at the Kasturba Medical College in Manipal.
Following her death her father lodged a police complaint stating that his daughter was abducted by three persons, including one she identified as an acquaintance from a minority community. He alleged that she had been forced to drink something by the abductors who intended to assault her but that she escaped after being spotted by an elderly lady.
A suicide note found in the girl’s school bag had stated that she had not been able to cope with academic demands made on her.
The death of the girl and the police complaint by her family took a political turn after the BJP launched an agitation against the ruling Congress establishment in Karnataka accusing the police of shielding the suspects because they were from a minority community. The Thirthahalli town was shutdown for nearly four days on account of protests and agitations over the Nanditha case. The government handed over investigations to the CID even as the BJP demanded a CBI probe.
The CID police said that toxicology tests on tissue samples of the victim had revealed the presence of a large quantity of poisonous phosphorous and that a handwriting analysis of the suicide note recovered from the girl’s school bag was found to be genuine.
“Neither was she kidnapped nor was she murdered. The death note recovered from her bag was written by the victim herself,” the DGP of the CID said. “No youths accompanied her on the fateful day as alleged by the victim’s father,” the Inspector General of Police (CID) Pranab Mohanty said.
He said that 80 per cent of the investigations in the case had been concluded.