Five girl students were killed and at least 34 were injured on Thursday morning in a stampede at the Government Senior Secondary School (Classes 6-12) in Khajoori Khas area of northeast Delhi. The victims were mostly from Classes 7-10 and had come to the school in pouring rain for their mid-year examinations.
Although the school was to reopen on Tuesday, according to Delhi education department, it remained closed and the exams are likely to be held later.
A magisterial inquiry was ordered into the incident Thursday. The report is expected to be submitted in two days.
Initial reports suggested that a rumour about electric current leaking into the rainwater accumulated in the school triggered a stampede. Victims later revealed that some of the boys who had come to the school to give their examination tried to molest them, resulting in the mishap. However, investigating police officials dismissed the molestation claim.
According to hospital authorities, the medical reports suggested that there were no electrocution injuries and most girls had injuries in the abdomen, chest and hands because they fell down the narrow staircase.