Police complaint against Catholic school for students’ deaths

The school authorities have demanded a judicial probe into the matter.

2ud October 2012

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By ucanews.com reporter, Shimla
Shimla:Police have filed a complaint against a Catholic school in northern India for allegedly driving two of its students to suicide.

The police action came yesterday evening, a week after the bodies of Nancy Thakur and Sakshi Thakur (no relation), both 11 years old, of the Jesus and Mary Convent were found near a cliff in Sanjauli in Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh.

“There is no doubt that the girls were under mental pressure. We are investigating the incident from every angle,” Parveer Thakur, deputy superintendent of police, told ucanews.com today.

He said that they were waiting for the postmortem report and can elaborate the case only after that.

Earlier, police had said that the girls appeared to have been run over by some vehicle.

School Principal Shyma Jose said that the grade 6 students were allegedly caught passing notes to each other during a test on Sept. 24 and were found dead later in the day.

“The notes are with police now and I do not know the content,” Jose said.

She said that the class teacher whose name has figured out in the incident has “withdrawn until the police investigation is over.”

The school authorities have demanded a judicial probe into the matter.

“The whole school is aggrieved and distressed. We are ready for any inquiry into it, even a judicial probe,” Jose said.

However, the parents of the deceased alleged that the girls were tortured by their class teacher over some issue and the two were made to stand outside the class before the incident took place.

They also accused the police of slow and tardy investigation.

Rajender Thakur, father of Nancy, alleged that police officials were buckled under political pressure as children of some of these high profile people are studying in the school.

“The confession of the class teacher that she has hit the girls is prima facie enough evidence to take action against her,” he said.

The deaths have triggered protest marches and candlelight vigils in the city demanding action against the school management.

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