Says she had no information about the alleged “ragging” of the student

 Six days after she was arrested and forced to resign following the death of a class V student, principal of Christ Church Girls’ High School Helen Sircar said here on Wednesday that she was “forced to resign” by the police who were acting “under instructions from the mob.”

 “I was forced to court arrest by the police and the mob. Given the circumstances and considering the safety of my teaching and non-teaching staff, I gave in. I did not resign voluntarily. The police under instructions from the mob forced me to resign,” she told journalists at a press conference.

 The death of Oindrilla Das on September 11, seven days after alleged ragging by senior students, was followed by vandalism at the school the following day, forcing Ms. Sircar and other teachers to take refuge on the floor of a room in the school.

 The West Bengal Human Rights Commission took suo motu cognisance of the developments at the school and asked the State’s Home Secretary to conduct a probe into the incident.