Student death case: SIT arrest principal, coordinator

Student death case: SIT arrest principal, coordinator
Protestors blocking road after police foiled a procession for student found death in her hostel in controversial circumstances in Imphal on Sunday
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 4 | Publish Date: 8/4/2019 11:21:28 AM IST

Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating into the controversial death of a minor girl student in her hostel room has arrested the principal of the school, police said on Sunday.

A SIT team arrested founder-cum-principal of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School Pheiroijam Landhoni (62) from her residence at Canchipur in Imphal West district. They further arrested coordinator of the school Pheiroijam Romita Devi of Kwakeithel Thiyam Leikai, Imphal West district. Romita is the daughter of the principal.

Both were on interim bail till since July 20, two days after the minor girl, N Babysana, 12-year-old student staying in the hostel of  the school was found hanging inside her hostel room on July 18 morning in suspicious manner.

Their interim bails were cancelled by the court of Imphal West session judge on last Saturday, after hearing to a plea from the SIT.

SIT had already arrested the son of the principal who is the junior administrator of the school along with two female wardens of the school in connection with the case.

The state police department formed the SIT following strong pressures from various pressure groups including a local JAC formed in connection with the suspicious death of the student.

While seeking justice, the pressure groups pointed  fingers at the school authority alleging foul play. 

The IO of SIT pleaded the court of Imphal West district session judge to cancel interim bails to the principal and coordinator in hearing last Saturday.

Police, in their pleas seeking cancellation of interim bail, stated that after the death of the minor became a media sensation, the investigation has undergone a drastic change from its normal course and under the influence of many factors.

The investigation was not properly directed due to the influence of many factors.

The court, also after going through the case diary, ruled that the circumstances leading to the death of the minor need proper investigation while observing that the residential school does not cater to the guidelines of the Supreme Court as submitted by the APP.

The court further opined that the case diary also shows that the investigation is going on in full swing and custodial interrogation of the petitioners (principal and coordinator) is required for proper investigation and collection of evidence.

As such, the court cancelled the pre-arrest bail petitions filed by the two individuals.

On the other hand, police today foiled a mass procession related with the suspicious death of the student at Thangmeiband area after a brief confrontation with the protestors. 

The procession marched to offer floral tribute on fifth day of last rites of the deceased student.

The police blocked the procession at Khoyathong which outraged the people taking part in it.

The outraged protestors imposed a snap blockade on the road from Thangmeiband DM College Gate to Khoyathong.


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