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Teen’s mystery death

A teenaged girl known for her singing ability was found fatally injured outside her Lansdowne house barely five minutes after she had stepped out for a walk on a foggy Tuesday morning.

Some early risers in the south Calcutta neighbourhood found Vanshika Sikhwal, 15, with multiple injuries near the crossing of Beltala Road and Sarat Bose Road at 4.50am. She was then unconscious but alive.

A police team took the Class X student at Ballygunge Siksha Sadan to SSKM Hospital but her family shifted her to CMRI, where she was declared dead on arrival.

Investigators weren’t able to confirm till late on Tuesday whether Vanshika was the victim of a hit-and-run or a freak accident, including falling from a height. Father Vishan said his daughter had left their flat on the fourth floor of a five-storey building around 4.45am for her regular morning walk to Maddox Square and back.

“Five minutes after she had left, my mother looked out of a window and spotted a crowd milling on the road. Vanshika was being moved to hospital by the time I went down and heard from a cop that a girl in track pants and white shirt had been found injured there. We rushed to SSKM and identified her,” said Vishan, who owns an advertising agency.

Vanshika, whom family and friends called Mithu, was the eldest of three children. “She was a friendly girl and a good singer,” a neighbour said.

Joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said Vanshika’s family had lodged a hit-and-run complaint. “The fatal squad of the traffic police has taken over the case. The post-mortem will be done on Wednesday.”