Eight-year-old girl crushed under school gate in UP’s Deoria
An eight-year-old girl died after an iron gate and supporting pillars of her school collapsed on her on Friday morning in Betalpur locality of Deoria, police said. The private school was being run in a residential building.
The victim, Harshita, a UKG student of Career Academy, was pulled out with the help of locals and rushed to the district hospital, but she was declared brought dead.
On a complaint by the victim’s father Santosh Mishra, an auto driver, police registered a case against the school manager Anoop Kumar Yadav under IPC sections 288 (negligence in construction of building) and 304(culpable homicide not amounting to murder),” said CS Yadav, SHO, Gauri Bazaar.
“The building was not dilapidated but the gate which collapsed was old and it seems that substandard material was used in construction of the supporting pillars and boundary wall,” he added.
The manager is on the run and police teams are searching for him.
The incident took place at around 8am when children had started arriving for the school.
Harshita was dropped by her father and as she entered the compound, the gate came down crushing the girl to death. Some other children had a narrow escape. Angry locals blocked the Deoria-Gorakhpur highway and demanded action against school authorities.