A class 10 student of class 10 died after being pushed off the terrace of a school building in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya after allegedly being raped by the school manager and sports teacher, police said on Saturday. The principal was also involved in the crime.
The incident took place on Friday in the private school, according to the police. The girl, 15, died on the spot.
The school’s management had initially told the police that the girl died after falling off a swing. However, when police scanned the CCTV footage, they found that the girl had fallen off the terrace of the school building, officials told PTI.
According to the complaint filed by the victim’s father, his daughter was called to school by the principal even after it was closed for summer vacation.
"After she reached the school, manager of the school Brijesh Yadav and sports teacher Abhishek Kannaujia gangraped her and to hide the crime, they threw her from the terrace of the school," the father alleged, reported PTI.
In the preliminary investigation, police found that the school administration tried to mislead them regarding the incident and also cleaned the traces of blood from the place where the student had fallen.
Ayodhya Superintendent of Police (City) Madhuban Singh told PTI, "On Saturday afternoon, on the complaint of the family of the girl student, a case was registered against the school principal, school manager and a sports teacher for gangraping the minor girl, murdering her, erasing the evidence and hatching criminal conspiracy and also under the POCSO Act."
He added that they were still confirming the rape allegations as the copy of the postmortem report was unreadable. “It will take time for the original report to reach us," he said, adding that the matter is being investigated.
The girl’s body was cremated following the postmortem, in presence of police. The girl's father performed the last rites, the officials said. Meanwhile, there was an uproar on social media as several people demanded the arrest of the accused and strict action against them.
An FIR was registered against manager Brijesh Yadav, principal Rashmi Bhatia and sports teacher Abhishek Kannaujia under sections 376D (gangrape), 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.