Inquiry reports of the regional transport authority (RTA) and district education officer (DEO) in the Presidium school alleged molestation case have mentioned that the CCTV camera footages from the bus between August 2 and 5 were not available for the probe.
Footages of August 1, 8 and 9 were provided but they do not show the alleged incident, an official close to the investigation said.
In the first week of August, a four-year-old pre-nursery student of Presidium was allegedly molested by a conductor in the bus.
The report was submitted to deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash on Monday. “I have received the report. A holistic view will be applied for further action,” Satyaprakash said.
“The school was closed on August 6 and 7 -- Saturday and Sunday. It means, the incident took place between August 1 and 5. Footage of August 1 does not show perpetration. Vital footages of August 2 to 5 are not available. School administration cited that the camera might have been malfunctioning,” an official involved in inquiry, said.
In its report, the RTA has found that the school followed all prescribed norms under Surakshit School Vahan Policy. However, the RTA will serve a notice to the school about the missing CCTV footage of four days.
In May, four challans were issued to the school for violation of the policy. One of the challans was about malfunctioning CCTV camera in one of the buses, said RTA secretary Jitender Kumar.
The reports mention that in available footages, a woman attendant is seen in the bus but the accused conductor was not seen going to the back of the bus, where the alleged molestation took place.
“As the date of the incident is not clear, the school submitted footage of August 1, 8 and 9 to us. In three footages, a woman attendant is there and no untoward activity is spotted,” Neelam Bhandari, district education officer told HT.
A school spokesperson said the available CCTV footages were provided to officials and school cooperated with the investigation in the best possible way.
About the challans in May, the spokesperson said it was tough to keep track of all challans as officials often check school vehicles.