Four guardians and seven outsiders were arrested on Sunday for allegedly vandalising Christ Church Girls’ High School in Dum Dum, most of them during raids that started when they were asleep in their homes.
One of the accused, a young man on the run since the manhunt started, turned up at Dum Dum police station with his father around 7pm to surrender.
Nine of those arrested, including two couples whose daughters study at Christ Church school, were produced in a Barrackpore court in the afternoon and remanded in police custody for three days.
The brazenness on display during Thursday’s vandalism was missing when the accused were produced in court. Some of their relatives had gathered on the court premises around 7am, not knowing when they would be brought before the magistrate.
When the police vehicles arrived, relatives were seen scurrying to supply handkerchiefs and towels to the accused so that they could cover their faces.
Sunday’s arrests took the number of people rounded up since Friday to 14. “We will continue the raids and arrest more people. We are drawing up a list of guardians and outsiders who were involved in the vandalism,” said an officer at Dum Dum police station.
Cops in civvies have been deployed in the vicinity of the school to trace some guardians who allegedly haven’t returned home for fear of arrest.
The police officer said the arrest of two guardians along with a meat-shop owner helped identify some of those who had gone on the rampage on Thursday over a girl’s death.
The raids started after the police confirmed the identities and addresses of those on the radar.
“We formed three teams and fanned out around midnight along with the three persons arrested on Saturday. Biswajit Chakrabarty and Dhiren Rajbangshi, the two fathers, guided us to the houses of four other guardians,” the officer said. “One team went to Mall Road with meat-shop owner Golam Mohammad Ali.”
A second meat seller, Tanumoy Chakraborty, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the vandalism.
Two police teams raided homes on NN Road in Satgachi, off Nagerbazar. “We went to the houses of Rupa Paul and Mumu Chanda. Both were asleep then. We arrested Rupa and her husband Babla along with their neighbour Mumu and her husband Debasish,” an officer said.
The accused have been booked under 10 sections of the IPC, including wrongful restraint, outrage of modesty and criminal intimidation.
Meat-seller Tanumoy’s mother Shipra Chakrabarty accused the police of not even allowing him to put on a pair of trousers before taking him away. “They just dragged him out and sped off,” she said.
Tapas Halder, the lawyer represented the accused, said that none of the accused was party to the vandalism. “They were mute spectators throughout,” Halder said, pleading for bail.
Assistant public prosecutor Madhumita Banerjee opposed the bail plea, saying that the accused needed to be interrogated to identify other people involved in the vandalism.
In the evening, Subrata Paul escorted his 19-year-old son Subhankar to Dum Dum police station so that he could surrender. The police had visited Paul’s house several times since Friday but didn’t find Subhankar.
Family members of Helen Sircar, the arrested principal of Christ Church school, waited at Dum Dum police station for more than two hours to speak to her, but the cops didn’t allow them to. An officer said Sircar was being interrogated.
The police had allowed Sircar to make a call in the morning but she couldn’t speak to her 11-year-old daughter. “My niece was asleep then,” the principal’s brother, Avijit Sircar, said.