Andhra Police arrests 5 in case of death of minor student

Andhra Pradesh Police have arrested five people in connection with the suicide of a minor student, who had accused her college authorities of sexual harassment, an official said.

The 17-year-old girl, who died after jumping from a building on the intervening night of March 28 and 29, alleged that some unidentified persons had threatened to post her objectionable pictures on social media.

Police arrested five people from Komadi Chaitanya Polytechnic College in the port city. Those arrested are: N Shankar Rao, chemistry laboratory technician, Shankar Verma, head of college management, G Bhanu Praveen, principal, V Usha Rani, hostel warden and her husband V Pradeep Kumar, police said on Tuesday.

Visakhapatnam North Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) B Sunil told PTI that preliminary investigation has identified Rao as the person who allegedly sexually assaulted the deceased student.

Sunil said, “Shankar Rao is not accepting but in our investigation all the girls have pointed fingers at him. The girl’s close friends have also said the same. He will be interrogated further.”

The arrested persons were booked under IPC sections 305, 354 A, 354 C, 506, Section 12 of the POCSO Act and the Prohibition of Ragging Act, among other sections.

ACP said that the five accused will be presented before the judge today.

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh Technical Education Director C Nagarani said they have formed a committee to investigate the incident and its report is awaited.

Nagrani told PTI, “A thorough inquiry is being conducted into the incident and some people are being called to the police station every day.”

According to Nagrani, of the student’s seven teachers, five were women and the remaining two were men, including the college principal and an engineering drawing teacher.

Apart from this, he said that the lab assistants are also being interrogated by the police.

The police have questioned the college management, the student’s friends, roommates, parents, regular contacts and the suspects.
The ACP clarified that the girl was not raped, although the final post-mortem report is awaited.

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