A Delhi government school, which witnessed a stampede that left five girls dead almost three weeks ago, reopened today amid violent protests from locals and parents demanding a CBI probe into the tragic incident.
Police used mild force to control the crowd which pelted stones, set afire a bus and blocked the Delhi-Ghaziabad Highway causing huge traffic jam and inconvenience to motorists in the area.
Five girls were killed and 34 other students were injured in the stampede in the Government Secondary School in Khajuri Khas on September 10 while they were trying to make their way up and down a staircase after being asked to shift classrooms during an examination.
As soon as the school opened today at its scheduled time in the morning, a large number of people including locals and parents started gathering outside the gate, shouting slogans against the school authorities.
As tempers ran high in the locality, a large number of police personnel were deployed around the school to avoid any untoward incident.
The agitating parents of the school children rued that the government had not done enough to ensure justice in the matter.
"We demand a CBI enquiry as by suspending a few officials, the state government is trying to sweep a larger issue under the carpet. Our children are not safe here," Rehana Banu, an anguished parent, said.
Another local Riyasuddin said the compensation announced was not adequate and demanded that the government enhance the compensation package.
Following the incident, the government had terminated the services of the principal and suspended two vice-principals and the zonal deputy director (Education) as recommended by the magisterial probe.
Though a case of death due to negligence was registered, no one has been arrested with regard to the incident.
"We are awaiting a copy of the magisterial enquiry report. Once we get it, we will take action," a senior police official said.
The magisterial inquiry by Deputy Commissioner T C Nakh had "categorically" blamed the school authorities for the stampede. Nakh had submitted the report to the government on September 18.