Even as Jharkhand Director General of Police D K Pandey on Monday visited Sapphire International School (SIS) in Ranchi in connection to the death of Binay Mahato, a Class VII student in the early hours of February 5, the police continued to maintain that they were yet to arrive at a conclusion about the cause of death in the case.
Meanwhile, demand for ‘justice to Binay’ grew in the city with the parents’ association filing a PIL in the Jharkhand High Court. The petition, demanding CBI inquiry and other steps for children’s security, may come up for hearing on Wednesday. Several other organisations and students from different schools have been holding protests and candle march demanding justice for the 12-year-old boy. The local BJP MLA from Hatia, Naveen Jaiswal, had to beat retreat at Chanda Ghasi village, where Binay’s parents are currently staying.
Pandey visited the School during the day, along with Inspector General (Ranchi Zone) and other senior officials. He also inspected the spot where Binay’s body was found. “We are working on all aspects. Men and officials from the local police, special branch and CID have been involved. We are hoping to get to the bottom of the case soon,” Pandey told reporters after his visit. He added that the police should not be bound by time factor.
Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Dwivedi, who is monitoring the investigations, said: “we are still working on all possibilities. At least 10 teams have been constituted. The teachers are still being questioned. As of now, we are neither in a position to confirm or deny that it was a case of murder or something else.”
However, police sources claimed that the evidence so far indicated that there was strong possibility of the case being that of murder. “Not all instances of a fall from height are cases of suicide. We have discussed this possibility with the medical and forensic experts. We are not in a position to share these details, but there is evidence to suggest that somebody was involved,” said an officer associated with investigations.
Binay was found dead in the early hours of February 5 in the teachers’ flats area. He had left the boys’ hostel, where he used to stay beyond midnight. His body was found in the teachers’ flats area, located over 700 metres from his hostel.