If BJP wins in Karnataka polls, open Nanditha case: Amit Shah

Bengalore:Amit Shah promises to open Nanditha case if BJP wins Karnataka Assembly elections
The 14-year-old girl committed suicide by consuming poison after being upset over her academic performance in a new school she had been admitted to and the case did not involve an abduction or rape as was alleged in the complaint by her father, CID had told.

JP president Amit Shah on Tuesday promised reopening of the case of the death of a 14-year-old schoolgirl in Thirthahalli region of Shimoga in 2014 if the BJP is elected to power in Karnataka in the upcoming state polls. The promise comes despite a CID probe in December 2014 stating that Nanditha committed suicide due to pressure of studies and her family.

“I visited Nanditha’s home in Thirthahalli and met her family. They have suffered a lot. Who is protecting Nanditha’s killers? If Yeddyurappa is elected chief minister, we will ensure strong punishment for the killers. We will take up all such cases,’’ the BJP president said.

The case was investigated by CID of Karnataka police after BJP alleged that the girl died after being harassed by Muslim boys.  The CID, in a report submitted to Karnataka government in December 2014, stated that Nanditha committed suicide over problems of coping with a new school she had been admitted to.  The 14-year-old girl committed suicide by consuming poison after being upset over her academic performance in a new school she had been admitted to and the case did not involve an abduction or rape as was alleged in the complaint by her father, CID DGP Bipin Gopalakrishna had said at a press meet.

The 14-year-old, the elder of two daughters of a small shopowner in Thirthahalli died on October 30, 2014, at the Kasturba Medical College in Manipal.  Following her death, her father lodged a police complaint, stating that his daughter was abducted by three persons, including one she identified as an acquaintance, from a minority community. He alleged that she had been forced to drink something by the abductors who intended to assault her but that she escaped after being spotted by an elderly lady. A suicide note found in her school bag, however, stated that she was not being able to cope with academic pressure.
The matter took a political turn after the BJP launched an agitation against the ruling Congress, accusing police of shielding the suspects because they were from a minority community. Thirthahalli town was shut down for nearly four days due to the agitation. The government handed over the probe to CID even as BJP demanded a CBI probe.
The CID said toxicology tests on tissue samples of the victim had revealed presence of a large quantity of poisonous phosphorous and that the handwriting on the suicide note was found to be hers.

“Neither was she was kidnapped nor was she murdered. The death note recovered from her bag was written by the victim herself,” the DGP of CID said.

Actually.. What happened in Nandhita case....?

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on December, 2014 claimed that it had conclusive evidence that 14-year-old Nandita, a girl from Thirthahalli, Shivamogga district, who died under mysterious circumstances in October, 2014 had committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance containing phosphorous.
The CID submitted an interim report to the State government and ruled out allegations of the girl being kidnapping, her modesty being outraged and homicide by administering poison.

DGP (CID) Bipin Gopalakrishna said five teams of the CID thoroughly investigated the case and arrived at a conclusion that the girl was under pressure to cope with the English medium of education. “Krishnamurthy, the father of the girl, had lodged a complaint alleging abduction, molestation and murder.

The CID teams comprising five DySPs, eight police inspectors and more than 25 other officials questioned more than 100 people. All available evidences and information suggest that the deceased committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance. It could be rat poison or pesticide,” he said.

According to the CID officials, the reason for the suicide could be a change in the school, from Kannada medium to English medium. “She was a student of St Mary’s School till 7th standard and was enrolled at Government School in English medium at Thirthahalli this year. The teachers have stated that she was a good student and used to get AA marks in exams.

The teams have collected statements from her classmates and teachers which suggest that she was upset over not being able to cope with change in the medium of instruction. We will continue the investigation to collect any other evidence possible relating to the case. A final report will be submitted soon,” Bipin said.

Nandita, a resident of Balebail near Thirthahalli, had fallen ill on October 29 night. She was taken to a health centre in Thirthahalli and was referred to a Shivamogga hospital the next day. The doctors at McGann Hospital referred her to KMC Hospital in Manipal where she was declared dead.

Nandita's father Krishnamurthy told the police that his daughter had told him that some unknown youths, along with a known person from Thirthahalli, had kidnapped her. An FIR was registered at the Thirthahalli police station under Sections 366-A, 354-B, 302 of the IPC and Section 7 of the Pocso Act.

The CID police clarified that the allegations of kidnap was not the creation of Nandita’s father. In fact, Nandita had told the same to a doctor at the health centre in Thirthahalli. “The girl has told her father that she was abducted by some people.

She has also told the same to a doctor in Thirthahalli. However, we have conclusive evidence that no one had abducted her. In fact, one of the suspects named by the father was found to be at some other place at the time of the incident and this was also evident from a CCTV footage.

The Anandagiri Hills, where she was found by two women, is just 2-3 km away from her house and she had gone there on her own,” Inspector General of Police (CID) Pronab Mohanty said.

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