A practice session of javelin throw went horribly wrong in Chittaranjan Park’s Government Boys senior secondary school, when a stray javelin pierced a Class 6 student’s head, leaving him critically injured on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said the victim was injured while attempting to push aside his classmate who was actually in the way of the stray javelin that was thrown allegedly by a Class 12 student in the school’s playground.
Roshan Lama, 11, was on his way to class after lunch with his two classmates – Deepak Bhandari and Vimal Kumar – when the javelin went through the right side of his head, the moment he pushed aside Deepak.
P Karunakaran, DCP (southeast), said a case under section 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of other) of IPC was registered at the CR Park police station.
Sources said the physical education teacher of the school Sushil Kumar has been arrested while the principal Niranjan Lal Sharma was detained for questioning.
A group of 15 odd boys from Class 12 had reportedly been practicing the game in the playground area around 4 pm during the lunch break. The police as well as Roshan’s schoolmates claimed that the boys were practicing javelin throw in the absence of the physical education (PE) teacher.
They also maintained that the PE teacher, who had been hired on a contractual basis, was in fact in the staff room with other teachers when the incident took place.
Recalling the incident, Deepak who had a miraculous escape in the unfortunate incident told HT that they were returning to their class as the lunch break was about to over.
“Roshan saw the javelin coming towards me and in order to save me he pushed me aside. But before he could save himself, the javelin pierced his head and he fell on the ground and started bleeding profusely. We immediately raised an alarm and Vimal ran towards the staff room to inform our PE teacher about the incident,” said Deepak.
According to Vimal, an ambulance was called at the spot by the school authorities and Roshan was rushed to the nearby Majeedia Hospital, after which his father Surajbhan Lama had been informed.
“We got a call from a teacher saying my son was hurt while playing. When we reached the hospital, we found he was being given oxygen and was critical. We pulled him out and took him to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. When we asked the vice principal why the game had not been supervised, he said he didn’t know.
Even the principal was answerless, when we asked him how the boys got hold of the javelins without anybody’s permission,” said a worrying father Surajbhan who works as a private driver.
While the principal declined from commenting on the matter, the Delhi government took cognizance of the matter and terminated the PE teacher’s services.
“We have terminated the contract of the PE teacher. A two-member enquiry committee has been constituted to probe into the incident and we will take further action once we have all the details,” said a senior Delhi government official.