A mother of two girls has been held for last week’s vandalism at Christ Church Girls’ High School, taking the number of arrests in the case to 16.
Shampa Ghosh, whose two daughters (aged 10 and 5) study at the Dum Dum school, had been on the run since Saturday and was picked up from her Teghoria home after she returned on Thursday.
Police said the 35-year-old mother was “actively involved” in the vandalism and was among those who had led the group comprising guardians and outsiders that went on the rampage.
“The video footage we have reveals the extent of Ghosh’s involvement. She fled on hearing about the crackdown and was staying with relatives since Saturday. Today we came to know that she returned home and arrested her,” said an officer of Dum Dum police station.
An officer who questioned Ghosh said she was not at all repentant for what she did and levelled several allegations against principal Helen Sircar.
“The standard of education at the school has fallen since she (Sircar) took over as principal. There is no discipline and senior students are torturing juniors with support from the principal. After I learnt that a little girl had died because of alleged torture by seniors, I could not control myself,” an officer quoted Ghosh as saying.
According to her statement to the police, Ghosh had gone to the school with her younger daughter when she saw guardians protesting against the student’s death.
Before Ghosh, the police had arrested two other mothers — Rupa Paul and Mumu Chanda. Both have been granted bail.
On Thursday, the Barrackpore court granted bail to two outsiders — Subhankar Paul, 19 and Ratan Das, 20.
Excise officials seized 1,620 litres of hooch from a den at Akbarpur in Uluberia, Howrah, on Thursday. The officials said they had received a tip-off in the morning. No one was arrested as the people running the den fled before the officials arrived.