The school stated that the student committed suicide, and that was initially believed as the cause of death. However, the parents who suspected foul play filed a complaint with a local Police. The outrage began as there was no arrest made by the police, even after the parents lodged a complaint. A massive social media campaign seeking justice for the student also sparked more outrage.
Yesterday, around 3000 people gathered from across Chinna Salem in front of the school, unexpectedly. A protest that was considered peaceful, suddenly turned violent. The angry mob, including youth torched busses and parts of the school building. The local Police had to intervene, after there were incidents of stone pelting and Police vans were set on fire. Section 144 was instated in the district and around 70 protestors were arrested.
Now, after private schools were closed in the district, investigation of the case has been transferred to the CBCID. An announcement to this effect was made by Tamil Nadu DGP Sylendra Babu after the district witnessed massive protests and violence on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Police have also arrested the Correspondent, the Secretary and the Principal of the school.
Yesterday, the father of the victim, Ramalingam, filed a petition in the High Court asking to transfer the case to the CBCID. The petition filed by him, stated that it was necessary to conduct a second postmortem examination to “unearth the truth behind the suspicious death”. However, today, the High Court ruled a second post-mortem of the victim.