The girl, a ninth class student, went missing on October 4

The death of a ninth class student, K. Moulika (14), sparked protests in a private school in the town. The girl, who left for school on October 4, was missing, and later her body was found in a drain.

Moulika, daughter of K. Anantaiah, was studying ninth class. As usual she left home from Ambedkar Nagar on her bicycle to the school and did not return. The parents who searched till night lodged a complaint with the Arundelpet police.

On October 6, the victim’s parents gheraoed the school management suspecting some foul play. They alleged that the staff members were responsible for missing of the girl. The police team, led by Circle-Inspector A. Srinivas, rushed to the spot and pacified the girl’s kin assuring them of taking all steps to trace Moulika.

On Monday, the locals found the body of the girl floating in a drain at Buchaiah Thota area. Moulika’s parents -- Anantaiah and Madhavi Rani – who identified the body alleged that negligence of the school management led to the death. The police, who are investigating the case, took a person into custody while he was trying to sell Moulika’s bicycle. However, he said that he found the cycle in the same drain from where the body was retrieved.

Meanwhile, the school staff members said that Moulika did not attend classes from October 4 (from the day she went missing). The locals are questioning on why the school management, who used to alert parents on holidays, bandhs and during absence through SMS, did not inform about the absence of Moulika to her parents?

Accidental death?

Owing to heavy rainfall on October 3, all the drainages were full and the low-lying areas inundated in the town.

Following a complaint, the Old Guntur police are trying to find out (through post-mortem report) whether any injuries were found on the body and any body was involved in the death, or it was a drowning case.

Investigation is on

The police, who altered the ‘missing case’ to Section. 174 CrPc (suspicious death) case, are investigating.