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RSS FeedsProvince urged to call inquiry into death of 12-year-old Toronto boy who police say died by suicide
(The Star Fashion & Style)


13 november 2019 00:00:09

Province urged to call inquiry into death of 12-year-old Toronto boy who police say died by suicide
(The Star Fashion & Style)

A lawyer representing the mother of a 12-year-old boy who police say died by suicide near his North Toronto home earlier this year says Premier Doug Ford should call a “full-blown public inquiry” into the child’s life and death.An inquiry should have broad powers to revisit both how Arka Chakraborty’s school handled bullying allegations and a police investigation that was “woefully inadequate,” lawyer Barry Swadron wrote in a letter to Ford.The province should also look into a school investigation into a missing video game console in the days before June 21, when Arka was found at the base of a highrise apartment next to his own apartment building.Police told Arka’s mother, Durba Mukherjee, that they believe the boy jumped to his death and have concluded there was no foul play. Mukherjee is “haunted by a number of factors related to Arka’s passing,” Swadron wrote. Police seized a note that was left in the apartment suggesting he killed himself because he had been a “disappointment” and “no one will miss me.”Mukherjee was never interviewed by police, Swadron said, asking how the investigation can be considered meaningful “in the absence of extensive input from his only parent who lived and breathed her boy’s most intimate thoughts, desires and fears?”Toronto police spokesperson Allison Sparkes said police have concluded the investigation, finding no criminality.Police have been in contact with Mukherjee and have provided as much information they can, Sparkes said. “Should new information come to be about this matter, the Toronto Police Service would review it immediately.”Mukherjee paid a visit to Queen’s Park last week, several days after her lawyer sent the letter to the premier. Inside, the NDP’s Jill Andrew, who is Mukherjee’s MPP for Toronto—St. Paul’s, introduced her to the legislature and gave a statement saying Ar ...

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