A four-year-old girl child studying in LKG at a private school in Uthangarai was found dead on Friday in the septic tank of the school.
Malavi, daughter of Venkatesan of MGR Nagar in Uthangarai, was studying at Christ Matriculation Higher Secondary School. She went to school everyday by the school van. On Friday, the school van driver noticed that she had not boarded the van after the school hours and alerted the administrative staff.
The administration staff began a search for the student all over the school campus and found her body floating inside the open septic tank on the backyard of the school.
The Fire and Rescue Services personnel were informed who rushed a team to the spot and recovered the body from the tank. On information, the parents, relatives and neighbours of the girl rushed to the school as well.
The relatives gheraoed the officials and school staff and urged the police to take immediate action against the school administration. They even refused to allow the police to take the little girl’s body to the government hospital for post mortem.
Tension prevailed in the area surrounding the school for quite some time and the District Revenue Officer rushed to the scene. The officer assured the aggrieved family of the girl of immediate action and asked the agitators to allow the officials to remove the body.
Meanwhile, the Uthangarai police arrested the school Principal Mercy, her brother Stephen and an administrative officer, Prabakaran.
The police was investigating if the girl was murdered and thrown into the septic tank or if she fell into the tank accidentally. They said the cause of death would be known only after the post mortem report was received.