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School stampede: 3 students still in hospital

delhi Updated: Sep 15, 2009 19:10 IST

Three of the 34 girl students, who were injured in a stampede in a government school in New Delhi last week, were convalescing at a hospital and will be discharged soon, an official said on Monday.

"Three students are still in the hospital recovering from injuries while five were discharged on Monday. The thee will be discharged in 48 hours," JP Kapoor, head of the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital's casualty ward where the students are admitted, told IANS.

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.