Although a large number of persons have been questioned so far, the police are yet to achieve a breakthrough in the rape of a seven-year-old girl inside a municipal school which had sparked off violent protests in Mangolpuri here two days ago.

The police have questioned nearly 400 people for clues to the identity of the person who raped the Class II student on the first floor of the school building. Since the incident took place inside the gated complex of the school building, they are trying to ascertain who all were present there at the time of the incident. “Independent teams have been assigned various leads to follow. All possibilities are being investigated at this stage. During the weekend, we encountered some difficulty in questioning the school staff,” said a police officer.

Earlier on Saturday, School Inspector Balraj Singh, principal Neelam Karwal, class teacher Monica Kohli, school attendant Sushila and “chowkidar” Kailash were placed under suspension in the wake of the incident. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has instituted an internal enquiry and constituted a five-member committee seeking a report on the matter and suggestions for ensuring safety and security of students in municipal schools.

The incident took pace on February 28 when the victim had gone to collect her midday meal. The culprit took her to a vacant classroom and raped her. The matter was reported to the police on Friday after doctors at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital confirmed that the girl had been raped.

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