Police on Monday gave Christ Church Girls’ High School in Dum Dum permission to start repairing the damaged portions of its premises, which they had cordoned off after the vandalism by guardians and outsiders 11 days ago.
The Church of North India said repairs would start on a “war footing” in a day or two so that the school could be reopened soon.
“We could not have started repairs without permission from the police,” said Abir Adhikari, honorary secretary of the Church of North India’s Calcutta diocese.
“We hope to start work tomorrow or latest by Wednesday and try to complete it in a week’s time. Keeping in mind the best interests of the students, we want to reopen the school as soon as possible,” he added.
The police had cordoned off the school on September 13, barring students and their parents from entering the campus. Sources in the school said they weren’t sure whether the police deployment would continue and for how long.
“The police have given us the go-ahead to start repairs but it is not clear to us whether there will be police deployment in or outside the school, if at all. That is the police’s discretion but we assume that the number of personnel deployed in the school will be reduced,” a Church official said.
A four-member team from the managing committee, including the secretary, visited the school on Monday.
The management is consulting private security agencies on ways to beef up security, sources said.
The inquiry and monitoring committee instituted by the Church has already inspected the school. Last week, senior officials visited the school to ascertain the extent of damage during the vandalism on September 12.
A two-member team from the state forensic laboratory had collected samples from the school on September 17. The experts also examined all the washrooms to find out whether they could be bolted from outside.
Class V student Oindrilla Das, whose death triggered the vandalism, had been allegedly locked up in a washroom by some senior girls a few days earlier.