Broken furniture at the school after the rampage
Role: He was part of the mob that ransacked a Dum Dum school on Thursday
Education: Failed HS last year
Job: Helps his father run a gas oven repairing shop
Subhankar left home early on Friday after seeing his picture in a newspaper trying to break a window grille inside Christ Church Girls’ High School in Dum Dum the previous day.
“He did not tell anybody where he was going. We tried contacting him but there has been no response. We don’t know where he is,” his father Subrata Pal outside his home in Kazipara, Nagerbazar.
On Thursday, Subhankar got a call from a friend on his mobile phone and minutes later he left home without saying a word to his parents. No one from his family heard from him for the next five hours.
“Some of our neighbours told us to switch on the TV in the evening and then we came to know where our son was throughout the day. We were shocked to see him ransacking the school,” Pal said.
“He was wearing a red shirt with white stripes. He was breaking school furniture and his expression betrayed his anger. There were two more youths with him. We were shocked to see him that way,” a neighbour said.
After failing in the HS exam last year, he has been helping his father in their shop.
The Pals stay in a joint family in Kazipara, barely 500m from the school. “Our niece is a student there. That is why, perhaps, my son went to the school,” Pal said.
Pal’s elder brother Pabitra denied that his daughter studies in Christ Church. “She was in that school many years ago. She is in college now,” he said.
Subhankar’s father blamed his friend for luring him to the school. “My son was obedient and good at studies. He changed dramatically over the past two years. He has never been involved in any fights in the locality. You can ask anybody in the neighbourhood,” he said.