A protest by families of schoolgirls killed and injured in the Khajuri Khas school mishap turned ugly when miscreants pelted stones at police and set a low-floor bus on fire on Tuesday.
It took just minutes for the high-cost DTC bus to burn down to a twisted shell of metal.
Parents, relatives and friends had marched to school to ask authorities what action was being taken against teachers responsible for the tragedy on Sept 10.
On that dark, rainy Saturday, hundreds of boys and girls had been cramped in a dingy, narrow stairwell as they shifted classes unsupervised by teachers. Panic over alleged molestation by some boys triggered a stampede that left five girls trampled to death and 34 hurt. (See box titled ‘Anatomy of a disaster’)
Parents denied a role in Tuesday’s vandalism.
“We went to school to seek an explanation around 9.30 am,” said Shamsheeran, mother of Afroze, who was killed in the mishap. “Someone informed us policemen had misbehaved with women outside.”
“We have arrested 26 people. We have registered a case of rioting and damaging public property,” said SS Yadav, DCP (northeast).
“We demand a CBI enquiry into the case. By merely suspending some officials, the state government is trying to sweep the issue under the carpet,” said Mohammd Shamim, uncle of Ayesha Khatun who was killed in the mishap.
The Delhi Government sacked school principal Bharat Singh and suspended the then in-charge of the girls' school-Sudesh Saukin.
"An enquiry is also being contemplated against the concerned deputy director while six teachers have already been transferred from the school," said Arvinder Singh Lovely, education minister.
Riyasuddin, a local, said the government enhance the compensation package.