Jalpaiguri, Sept. 20: A five-year-old girl was locked in her classroom by the headmaster in Deshbandhunagar here today for more than an hour.
Priya Das, a nursery student, had gone to Deshbandhunagar Primary School in the morning. At around 11am, Mrinal Kanti Mitra, the headmaster, locked the classrooms and left for some bank work.
“Usually, classes are held from 9am to 12pm. But as work for the Aadhaar card was going on, and locals had gathered in front of a room of the school, we decided to close the school one hour ahead,” said Mrinal Kanti Mitra, the headmaster.
After he informed the children that they would have classes only till 11am, the kids immediately started leaving.
“I had some bank work and that is why I locked all six classrooms (except the room where work of the Aadhaar card was on) and left,” Mitra said.
Around 12.15pm, Bapi Das, a local youth, who was in a queue for his Aadhaar card, heard a child crying.
He became suspicious and told some others. Soon, the people found Priya locked in a classroom. The crowd immediately broke open the door and brought the girl out. Her parents were then informed.
“I rushed to the school and found my daughter crying. It was sheer negligence on the headmaster’s part and we demand action against him,” said the girl’s mother.
After the headmaster got the news, he rushed to the school. “It was a serious mistake on my part. I admit it. It was completely unintentional. I had no idea that Priya was inside,” he said.
“The headmaster has shown complete negligence. Appropriate administrative steps should be taken against the him,” said Asit Roy, a local resident.