They were among seven students who were punished for playing Holi in school
Two teenagers, students of a high school in Adugodi, committed suicide by jumping into Sankey tank in Sadashivanagar on Tuesday, allegedly after being reprimanded by teachers for their poor academic performance and also participating in Holi celebrations.
The dead girls were identified as J. Priyanka (16) and Sonali Gupta (15), students of SSLC and 9th standard respectively at Mary Immaculate English School in Adugodi. They stepped out of their school after they were punished for playing Holi on the campus and reached Sankey tank where they tied their hands with school uniform tie before jumping into the lake.
The incident came to light around 2.30 p.m. after a security guard of the lake noticed the abandoned bags at the lake bed and alerted the police control room. Their school bags were kept on the park bench along with their shoes and socks, which were kept neatly aside on the walking pavement of the tank.
The police, and the Fire and Emergency Services personnel rushed to the spot and recovered the bodies after two hours of search operations.
The suicide notes were found in their bags. They said in it that their principal Mary Laila and teacher Philomena Immanuel were constantly harassing them over a long time regarding studies and other school activities.
Earlier, the school headmistress had summoned the parents to the school around 1.30 p.m. to inform them that their children vanished from the school premises. It is learnt, seven students, including the dead girls, who were made to stand outside the principal’s office as punishment for playing Holi on the school premises.
Sonali’s father Dayanand Sagar, a cab driver, said he had no clue about his daughter’s academics.
Priyanka, daughter of Janardhan, a fireman attached to Jayanagar fire station, and Bhagyalakshmi. Her mother said she knew about her daughter’s poor performance in her academics and had been notified repeatedly by the school authorities to find a way to improve her studies. School authorities had even threatened to bar Priyanka from appearing for her 10th standard examination.
The bereaved family and relatives alleged that harassment by teachers led to the suicide and threatened to stage a protest in front of the school with the dead bodies demanding action against the guilty.
The Sadashiva Nagar police, who have registered two cases of unnatural deaths, have summoned the teachers seeking an explanation.