The city police, on Saturday, arrested a 45-year-old attendant in connection with the rape of the three-year-old girl in school.
Addressing a press conference late on Saturday evening, police commissioner M N Reddi said that Gundanna, the attendant, was behind the crime. Although he has been the prime suspect all along, the police waited to ensure they had enough evidence, he said.
“He was arrested after the girl identified his photo in front of a child psychiatrist at NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences) and a statement was recorded under section 164 CrPC before a judicial magistrate,” Reddi added.
He has been working at the school for two years and police sources said that they are investigating if Gundanna has committed similar crimes in the past.
While the arrest has provided some closure to the parents of the victim, the incident has cast a shadow over the future of nearly a thousand other children studying in classes 1 to 7 at the same school. The education department has banned these classes as they were found running without a license from the CBSE. KRK Reddy, the general secretary of the trust that runs the school, has been arrested.
Parents of the children affected by the ban order held protests against the education department. “We are not willing to believe that the education department was unaware of the school’s license issues,” demanded Pramod Menon, a parent.