KANPUR: The principal of a higher secondary school in the New Bidhnu area of the district allegedly hanged herself hours before the results of the UP Board examinations on Saturday afternoon.
However, there was a discussion among the locals that the principal has committed suicide due to the fear that her students may score low marks or fail the examinations. The police said that going by the preliminary investigations, it was a normal case of suicide, but they would investigate this angle too.
“As per her family, the principal was under acute depression,” said the police.
The police identified the deceased as Sarita Yadav, the principal of Kamla Nehru Higher Secondary school in New Bidhnu. The forensic team has also recovered a suicide note from the spot. It says that she was ending her life on her own volition and no one should be held responsible.
According to inspector Bidhnu, Amit Kumar Mishra, Sarita’s son Shaurya told the police that his mother went to her office but after a while she hanged herself to death by the ceiling after closing the door of the office.
The incident came to light when the school staff visited the office and found the door locked from inside. They raised an alarm and informed the family members, who in turn alerted the police.
The police rushed to the spot and brought the body of the principal down and later shifted it for postmortem examination.
A forensic team was also roped in by the police. The team recovered a suicide note from the spot.
Inspector Bidhnu further said, “Going by the preliminary findings it appears that the principal was reeling under a kind of ‘fear/phobia’ as she always used to ask her family members to stay alert and kept the doors of the house closed. But, keeping in mind the speculations among the locals that she committed suicide due to fear of poor performance of her students in the class Xth UP Board exams, we will investigate the incident on this angle too.”
He added, “She had hanged herself between 12.30 and 1.00 pm. We will go through the content of the suicide note to ascertain the truth behind her extreme step.”