Police: Negligence led to theft of earrings in Mapusa school
Mapusa Police have claimed that negligence by the school headmistress and a teacher at the Mapusa School had enabled a woman to pose as a teacher and decamp with the earrings of a student during school hours.
While police has released a sketch of the accused, sources said it is now left up to the education department to initiate action against those guilty of allowing a person to decamp with the earrings of a student during school hours.
The headmistress has vehemently denied allowing the accused to teach a song to the students and has, instead, claimed that the impostor must have removed the earrings outside the school premises.
A police team visited the Government Primary School at Kamarkhazan-Peddem, Mapusa, on Tuesday and interacted with teachers and students, before concluding that the headmistress and a teacher have been negligent in allowing a fake teacher to enter the school premises.
“The accused woman entered the school premises and met the headmistress and the teacher, claiming that she was a teacher and had come from Panjim to organise a programme of the students for Republic Day,” Mapusa PI Tushar Vernekar told Herald.
“The headmistress and the teacher had asked the woman to bring a letter from education authorities. The accused agreed to produce the letter the next day. Later, the headmistress and the teacher allowed the woman to teach a song to the students,” informed PI Vernekar.
“While the accused was teaching the students, both the headmistress and the teacher left the place and in the meantime, the accused took the earrings of the student and fled,” added PI Vernekar.
However, when Herald contacted the headmistress, she got nervous and refuted the statements made by the police.
While the headmistress admitted that the accused had entered the school premises, she flatly denied having permitted the accused to teach a song to the students.
“The accused must have removed the earrings outside the school premises,” claimed the headmistress.
Acting on information provided by students and the teacher, Mapusa police have prepared the sketch of the woman.
When asked if a case would be filed against the headmistress for negligence that had led to the crime, similar to the one filed against the headmistress of the Vasco School, a police source said the matter is left up to the education authorities to take cognizance of the matter and to act accordingly. [H]