Two teenagers, both Class IX students at a school on the southern fringes of Calcutta, leapt to their deaths from the terrace of an 18-storey building in an apartment complex on the Bypass on Tuesday evening.
Shabiba Chandan Madan, 16, lived in a ninth-floor flat. She and her classmate Neha Punjwani climbed to the roof the building and jumped.
Police said the girls were spotted entering the housing complex at 5.35pm, about an hour after their school had given over. “CCTV grabs from the reception area of Upohar Comfort Tower-II show the girls entering the building at 5.35pm,” said an officer.
Ten minutes later, the security guard posted at the reception area received a call from Shabiba’s flat. “The guard told us that Shabiba’s mother had called him to instruct him that two girls in school uniform, who were about to leave the complex, should not be allowed to go,” the officer said.
The cops have found out that the girls did not attempt to go out. They bolted the door from the outside, climbed to the roof and jumped off at 5.50pm, said investigators. They fell in the car park.
Neha’s uncle Pradip Punjwani said: “Neha had English tuition at Narendrapur. We don’t know why she was with a classmate. In fact, she never mentioned Shabiba to us.”
An official at the school, which the girls attended, said: “There was nothing abnormal in their behaviour on Tuesday.”
“We are trying to find out what instigated them to jump,” said Sujoy Chanda, the deputy commissioner of Calcutta police’s south suburban division.
Rescued: Jagdish Agarwal, 40, was rescued from the Hooghly by the disaster management team of Howrah police at 11am on Tuesday. Agarwal had fallen into the water while attempting to cross the river in a launch. The cops think he had attempted suicide.