While a call to Basu around noon went unanswered, she did not reply to WhatsApp message.
The prosecution led by Justice Radhakanta Mukhopadhyay pointed out several instances of initial negligence were noticed on the school’s behalf, including the absence of a guard near the pool when the child drowned and lack of functioning CCTV cameras near the site on the fateful day. The defence claimed that as the classteacher, an accused, had been granted anticipatory bail, the principal and vice-principal—the administrative heads who have several responsibilities—should also be granted bail. But the court ruled against it.
Almost three weeks after the a probe was launched into the death of Sambuddha, a child with special needs, police claimed to be waiting for a forensic report of the water to ascertain if moss had gathered in the pool. The answer, claimed investigators, would decide the next course of the investigation. “We will need to wait for the final forensic report. While one part will deal with the CCTV grabs submitted to us by the school (to also ascertain whether the cameras were switched on or off), the other will deal with the pool water’s chemical nature. This test will show if moss had settled in the pool, indicating water was never drained out even after the end of September, the time from which the pool is supposed to stay shut. The school said they needed to keep the water warm for kids with special needs and so, this pool could not be equated with common swimming pools,” said a senior police officer.
Police said they did not wish to hurry with the probe. “We want to file a chargesheet only when we are certain we have enough material,” said an officer. DC (south) Meeraj Khalid met Sambuddha’s father Subhajit at his office on Monday to appraise him about the developments and assured him of a fair probe.