A 12-year-old student of New Horizon Public School in New Panvel died on Tuesday after falling off the fourth floor of his school building. According to police, the class VI jumped off the balcony after a teacher slapped him. The teacher has been arrested.
The police said that Gaurav Dattaram Kank, was a student of class VI and used to attend school in the morning shift. He fell off the balcony of his classroom when his classmates were out on lunch break at around 10.30am.
He suffered severe injuries was rushed to Astavinayak Hospital in critical condition where he was declared dead around 11.30am.
"There was a two feet tall aluminum net in the sliding window of the classroom. How the deceased reached the balcony crossing the net and fell off is still a matter of investigation," said Vikash Suryavanshi, police sub inspector, Khandeshwar police station.
The police have registered a case under section 304a (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the school management.
Cops had to reach the school to pacify the parents of the students who had gathered there to protest the incident.
While some of the parents alleged that the deceased student was beaten up by two teachers, some others claimed that he was intimidated in the morning. The police, however, are yet to confirm the allegations.
"We assured the parents a thorough investigation of the case and dispersed them in the afternoon," said SB Suryavanshi, assistant commissioner of police.
"It will be too early to say something about this incident. We will have to investigate all angles of the case before coming to a conclusion," said Janardan Thorat, senior police inspector, Khandeshwar police station.
The victim's body was delivered to his family after a postmortem was conducted at the Panvel rural hospital, and the family took the body to their native place in Sangli. The postmortem reports are yet to come.
The school authorities have expressed grief on the incident and have declared a holiday on Wednesday. Renuka Balaji, the principal of the school said, "We are also shocked by this tragic incident. The police probe will reveal how it took place. We are ready to support them in every possible way."