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12-year-old falls off school building, dies

A 12-year-old boy died after falling off the second floor of his school building in east Delhi on Tuesday afternoon.

delhi Updated: Jan 25, 2012 00:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

A 12-year-old boy died after falling off the second floor of his school building in east Delhi on Tuesday afternoon.

The Class 6 student at a private school in Mayur Vihar phase I, was first rushed to Jeevan Anmol hospital in Mayur Vihar, from where he was referred to Kailash hospital in Noida.

“An ambulance of Jeevan Anmol brought the boy — Varun Jain — to Kailash hospital at 4.30pm. He succumbed to his injuries around 6pm,” a source said. Police said that the boy died due to severe head injuries.

They said the school authorities did not inform them about the incident and took the boy to a private hospital for treatment.

A police team later reached Kailash hospital and took the body for post-mortem examination at Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital.

The boy’s father, Sanjay Jain, is a trader and lives in Pandav Nagar.

“Varun was waiting for the school bus on the lawn, after school hours were over. He told me that he was going to pick up his notebook from the classroom. He then fell down from the second floor,” said Mohit, Varun’s cousin, who also studies in the same school.

Mohit said that Varun used to take the school bus back home. “The bus had gone to drop other students and it was supposed to pick him up in the second trip. They shouldn’t have taken him to a private hospital. Doctors at Jeevan Anmol hospital told us that Varun required treatment from a neurosurgeon,” he added.

“It is negligence on the school’s part. The balcony wall on the second floor is 3.5 feet high, while Varun is 4 feet tall. No one knows how he fell,” said Santosh Chauhan, a neighbour of Jain family.

Sanjay Jain owns an electronic items shop in Pandav Nagar. Varun’s mother has not been informed about the accident yet.

“On the basis of the allegation made by the victim’s family, we have started an investigation. The school authority will be questioned to establish the sequence of events,” a senior police officer said.

“Sanjay’s mother is ill and we don’t want to break the news to her yet. We will stay at a neighbour’s place,” Mohit added.

The boy’s body has been preserved at LBS hospital and post mortem will be conducted on Wednesday.

First Published: Jan 25, 2012 00:36 IST