Succumbing to mounting pressure, the principal of Christ Church girls' school on Thursday resigned in the wake of violent agitation by angry guardians who ransacked the institution a day after a class V student died after being kept confined inside a toilet allegedly by senior students.
The girl died after being allegedly locked inside a toilet by her seniors last week in an ugly instance of ragging.
"The principal of Christ Church Girls school at Dum Dum, Helen sarkar, has tendered her resignation letter on a school pad duly stamped and handed that one over to me," a senior police officer of Barrackpore police commissionerate, who was present in the school premises, told agitating guardians.
Mamata consoles girl's mother
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee talked to the student's mother Rekha Das and consoled her, assuring that she would look into the incident.
The principal's resignation followed after day-long violence inside the school premises with the guardians, joined by some locals, going on a rampage in protest against the death of Oindrila Das (11) on Wednesday.
The agitators, who laid a siege to the main gate of the school, demanded that the principal be immediately arrested and a probe conducted into the incident.
"We demand immediate arrest of the principal and punishment of those responsible for Oindrila's death.
A combat police force was posted outside the school as the guardians rampaged through the institution since morning.
The principal, who along with six other teachers, was confined within the school because of the agitation, earlier apologised to the angry guardians and said that an inquiry would be held into the student's death.
"The incident is unfortunate and we will take all steps to ensure that such incidents do not recur," the principal said over a microphone from the first floor of the school, urging the guardians to be patient.
She also assured that a probe would be