KOCHI/ALAPPUZHA:The tragedy-struck Water Sports Centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Alappuzha, where four female trainees attempted suicide two days ago, will seek to restore normalcy as it resumes operations on Monday.
Several trainees, who have gone to their homes after the subsequent death of one of the four girls in a hospital, are likely return on the same day. At the same time, SAI officials refuted rumours that the centre has been shut for a week.
“There is a provision for trainees to go home during weekends. Under the current circumstances, they were allowed to go home to recover from the trauma caused by recent incidents. With Police and other authorities having conducted inquiries, several of them were under mental stress. But a few have stayed back. Most of those who have gone home will return by Monday and training would be restarted,” a senior official told TNIE.
While the incident evoked shock and anger all over the country for the last two days, it has also brought a sense of distress and panic among the other trainees staying there. Ever since the news of the suicide incident broke, there were reports quoting a note written by the girls, accusing some senior trainees at the centre of harassing and driving them to suicide.
Though nobody has been named so far, there is a visible sense of fear and anxiety among the girls here, a SAI official said.
At this juncture, SAI director general Injeti Srinivas has suggested the local authorities to send the girls back to their homes over the weekend, and possibly for a few more days as well.
Altogether, 19 girls and 36 boys are accommodated at the two hostels of the SAI-run Water Sports Centre here. Of them, 32 boys and eight girls have already left for their homes.
Meanwhile, the condition of the three girls, who are under emergency care at the Alappuzha Medical College Hospital, improved further on Saturday.