The exact cause of the death of the two girls remains a mystery as the police have many loose ends to tie before solving the case. Both Nancy Thakur and Sakshi Thakur, students of Convent of Jesus and Mary (CJM) School, had succumbed to their injuries after falling from Kala Dhank, a hillock in Sanjauli.
The hit-and-run angle was ruled out on Monday after the prima facie evidence, but the police are probing on other angles. The Forensic Science Lab (FSL) report is awaited.
After the postmortem report, the police have also ruled out the possibility of suicide and are suspecting accidental fall might have caused the death.
Superintendent of police (SP) Chander Shekhar Pandit said, "The injuries showed that fall from a height could be the reason behind the girls' death. We have ruled out the hit-and-run, foul play, molestation and abuse angles. However, it will be confirmed only after the FSL report that is likely to come within a week."
He said, "The girls had been given punishment by one of their teachers. We rule out the suicide angle as the two had spent some light moments on the hillock. They had cold drinks and some snacks there."
"The postmortem report has revealed that they had some fried rice prior to the accident, probably eaten in a restaurant in Navbahar after the school hours," he said.
The police are working on various possibilities, including why the girls had gone on the hillock and if they were frequent visitors to the place.
Shimla DSP Parveer Thakur said, "The school was closed on Tuesday to condole the death of two of its students. So the police will interrogate the school employees on Wednesday."
Shimla deputy commissioner Arun Sharma too ruled out any possibility of suicide, saying that the evidences gathered so far revealed that the girls were of cheerful nature and good in studies.
Meanwhile, it was a hectic day for the district administration and police as representatives of various sections of the society demanded proper investigation of the incident.
A delegation of residents of Sanjauli and NGO The Voice, headed by Engine Ghar councillor Sushant Kaperate, met the DC and SP in this connection. They along with mayor Sanjay Chauhan, assistant commissioner Ashish Kohli and divisional forest officer Inder Kumar visited the spot and demanded preventive measures.
Kaperate said, "We have demanded fencing at the accident spot at Kala Dhank which has become dangerous, fixing of speed limit on the Sanjauli-Navbahar road, proper parking policy and formation of parent teacher association (PTA) in private schools."