Valley View School in Telco from whose top floor balcony Anjali Kumari fell down and sustained injuries on Thursday. (Animesh Sengupta)
A Class XI girl of a Telco cradle sustained critical head injuries when she fell from the second floor balcony of her school building on Thursday morning.
It is yet to be ascertained whether commerce student of Valley View School Anjali Kumari — daughter of an Adhunik Power official and resident of Shivnagar in Kharangajhar — had an accident or attempted to execute a death wish.
The 18-year-old is, currently, undergoing treatment in the high-dependency unit of Tata Main Hospital, where doctors said only the report of a CT scan conducted could offer details about her condition.
Father Shashi Kumar Upadhyay said he had no idea how Anjali fell. “I was resting at home before my B-shift duty, which was at 10am, when I got a call from my daughter’s school that she had sustained head and leg injuries after falling from the guarded balcony,” he said.
Upadhyay added that Anjali was not in a condition to talk and only she could say how she fell down. “My daughter is a calm and quiet girl who maintains a low profile. But, nothing can be said conclusively unless she is able to speak.”
Anjali’s mother Punam Upadhyay, however, hinted that the eleventh grader had been upset over her poor performance in school.
“Two days ago, my daughter had told me that teachers wanted her to swap mathematics for Hindi as her optional subject because she had flunked her weekly test. She wanted me to accompany her to school and convince her class teacher and principal to allow her to continue with mathematics,” Punam, a mother of three, said.
Valley View principal Alka Arvind Kumar could not be contacted for her comments.
A school functionary maintained that there was no eyewitness to the incident, but claimed it was an accident. “The student must have tumbled off the balcony. Since no one saw her at that time, we can’t say how she fell,” the official said on the condition of anonymity.
Officer-in-charge of Telco police station Kamleswar Pandey said they had information about the incident, but said no formal diary had been lodged either by the parents of the girl or the school. “We will start investigations once a complaint is filed,” he added.