Sapphire International School (SIS), where Class VII student Binay Mahato was murdered on February 5, has dismissed three security guards and slapped showcause notices on three top administration officials.
The move follows an internal inquiry on the lapses that led to Binay wandering out from his hostel around 1 am and ending up seriously injured in the teachers’ quarters.
The police have already arrested a teacher, her husband and two minor children on charges of murdering Binay and destruction of evidence.
Meanwhile, Binay’s father, Man Bahal Mahato, held a press conference and reiterated his demand for a CBI inquiry into the matter as he was not satisfied with the police investigation. He added that action should be taken against the school management, including SIS chairman Rohit Sahu.
At a press conference here on Friday, Sahu said that two guards, who were deployed at the barricades on way from the boys’ hostel to the principal’s house, were dismissed as they had left their post and gone to the auditorium without informing anybody. “Also, another security guard, who was supposed to be present at the teachers’ flats, was found to be absent that night. He had not informed his superiors that he would not be on duty,” said Sahu.
Further, the boys’ hostel warden, Atanu Nag, has been issued showcause notice as to why he should not be removed from service. “We will take action on getting a reply. It was his responsibility to ensure that the hostel gate was closed beyond the stipulated time. Head of Security, too, has been issued showcause notice. He has been asked to explain how the security guards were absent from their designated points without his knowledge. Another showcause notice has been issued against the Head of Boarding section, as he is responsible for the care of children living in residential enclaves of the school,” said Sahu.
The chairman added that steps have been taken to step up security in the school. Advice from the police regarding security would be followed. “This includes installing more CCTV cameras with night vision facilities and 24×7 CCTV monitoring through a control room,” he said.
On allegations levelled by Binay’s father, Sahu said that he would support their demand for a CBI inquiry.