With the involvement of a teacher’s family coming to light in connection with the murder of 12-year-old student, Binay Mahato, the administration of Sapphire International School (SIS) has decided to get all the teachers verified by the police. They would be sending files of each and every teacher, besides that of security guards, for police verification.
SIS principal Dhruva Sen said: “Everybody is welcome to join our School. But we do not want any ‘blot’ to remain on the campus. That is why we have decided to send all the files of the teachers to get their backgrounds checked. Similarly, we will also get the security guards verified.”
Sen added that the three teachers, who were initially picked up by the police on suspicion of their involvment in the murder case; would be welcomed back. And, in a bid to re-integrate them with the School, they would be put through counseling. “In fact, we have been having students’ counseling regularly. Now, teachers would also be counseled,” he said. The three teachers have been released by the police. However, they have not yet returned to their accommodation.
Asked about android-based cameras, which do not record visuals in the absence of light, being installed as substitute for CCTV, the Principal said that plan was afoot to replace them with proper CCTV cameras. Also, the number of private security guards would be increased, he added. Sen added that the administration was trying to re-start the School by Monday, next.
Meanwhile, Prahlad Modi, brother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday met Binay’s father Man Bahal Mahato and his family at their ancestral village, Chanda Ghasi. He told mediapersons that he had come to console the family and appealed to the family to have faith in the system. However, he assured that he would convey the message to the PM regarding the family’s demand for a CBI inquiry.
It may be recalled that, on February 5, Binay Mahato, a student of Class 7, was found lying injured in the teachers’ flats area in SIS in the early hours. He died on way to hospital. The police have arrested a Hindi teacher, her husband and their two minor children in connection with the murder. The teacher’s son had assaulted Binay after an argument over latter’s friendship with the younger sister of the accused. The family was involved in destroying the evidence.