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Class IV student of GD Goenka school suffered ‘internal head injury and bleeding’: Cops

A day after a class IV student of GD Goenka School in Indirapuram died after a ‘fall’ at his school, the postmortem report indicated he suffered severe internal head injuries and internal bleeding, which caused his death before he could be rushed to a hospital.

noida Updated: Aug 02, 2017 23:09 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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A Class 4 student died after falling on the floor outside his classroom in GD Goenka school.(sakib Ali/HT Photo)

A day after a class IV student of GD Goenka School in Indirapuram died after a ‘fall’ at his school, the postmortem report indicated he suffered severe internal head injuries and internal bleeding, which caused his death before he could be rushed to a hospital.

Arman Sehgal, son of a deputy director with a private university in Sonepat, was to appear for his weekly unit test on August 1. He was moving out of his classroom when he allegedly fell and suffered severe injuries.

Within some time, he was declared “brought dead” at the nearby Shanti Gopal Hospital in Indirapuram. The Ghaziabad administration had roped in a panel of two doctors who conducted the postmortem.

“The postmortem reports indicate he died of internal bleeding after suffering internal head injuries. He had some bleeding and a small injury on his lips and nose. It seems he fell on his face on the hard surface and collapsed as a result. His parents lodged a case against the school authorities and alleged that the school authorities destroyed evidence soon after the incident,” said SC Dubey, station house officer, Indirapuram.

Arman Sehgal’s mother (in orange kurta) and other family members grieve the loss. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The FIR lodged at the Indirapuram police station mentions sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) against the school authorities.

“We scanned CCTV footage installed at the school premises, which shows the boy being rushed to the medical room and later to hospital in a car by his teachers. But the corridor where Arman’s class is located and where he fell outside the classroom had no CCTV coverage,” SHO Dubey said.

Arman’s mother Swati Sehgal is director and head operations (India) with an automotive component manufacturer. The family stays in Vaishali Sector 5.

Arman Sehgal

Swati on Tuesday had said that when she reached the hospital, she found Arman’s clothes wet. She suspected the floor where he fell was wet because of which she slipped. She alleged negligence and laxity by the school officials.

On Tuesday evening, Arman’s father filed a police complaint, alleging the school management did not cooperate when he reached after getting information about the incident.

“...The school management did not cooperate but they were trying that the truth should not come to fore... child’s clothes were wet and there was blood on his nose and teeth... school people cleaned the blood to hide the truth... I suspect my son died due to lax attitude of the school authorities. We demand a judicial/CBI probe into the incident,” Arman’s father had said in his FIR.

When HT visited the school on Tuesday, Dr Kavita Sharma, the principal, said the boy “just fell”. She said the school would fully cooperate with the police and parents during investigation.

“He just fell over the floor while he was walking from his class to the other room for his unit test. We immediately rushed him to nearby hospital but he did not survive. The incident is unfortunate. The floor had no presence of water, as alleged, as there was no nearby water source at the incident spot,” Sharma had said on Tuesday.

When contacted yet again on Wednesday, the school authorities replied that the principal would revert but did not respond till Wednesday evening

First Published: Aug 02, 2017 23:09 IST