The principal and a teacher of a reputed Prabhadevi school for the deaf and aphasic, who were arrested on charges of molesting a 13-year-old hearing impaired student, have landed in more trouble as another 19-year-old student has told the police that they misbehaved with her too.
The Dadar police on Thursday recorded the statement of the student, who said that the school's principal, L Reddy, 42, and teacher, Dattakumar Patil, 37, had behaved inappropriately with her.
Dna had reported their arrested on Wednesday after a 13-year-old had accused them of molestation. In her complaint, she had named six other students who had gone through the same ordeal.
According to Dadar police, the 19-year-old's statement will be crucial evidence to nail the two. "The student who has passed her SSC said in her statement that the principal, under the pretext of giving her chocolates, would behave indecently and touch her inappropriately," said an officer. "The statement is crucial for the investigation as it will help make strong case against the accused duo," he added.
Reddy and Dattakumar told the police that they hadn't done anything wrong. Senior police inspector of Dadar police station, Nishikant Patil, said, "Reddy has said that he treated the victim like his own daughter and would give chocolates to all students. We are not buying his claims and have already started the process of recording the statements of other girls named by the victim in her complaint."
The Dadar police also procured CCTV footage hoping to collect more technical evidence.
The 13-year-old who had first complained against the two had alleged Reddy used to call her to his cabin under the pretext of giving her chocolates and behave indecently with her, while Dattakumar would show her obscene pictures. Both the accused were booked for molestation and under various sections of Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act.