Ghaziabad: Cops start probe into death of GD Goenka School student death
The police registered an FIR on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence against school officials.Updated: Aug 02, 2017, 22:37 IST
The Ghaziabad police have started an investigation into the death of a class 4 student of GD Goenka School in Indirapuram on Tuesday, after the boy’s parents lodged a complaint.
The police registered an FIR on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence against school officials.
On Tuesday morning, Arman Sehgal fell outside his classroom and sustained head injuries, following which he died.
Sehgal’s parents have alleged laxity and negligence on the part of the school officials and said that the boy’s clothes were wet, which indicated that there was water on the floor where the boy fell.
“We are trying to investigate if there was laxity on the part of school officials. We also sent a forensic team for examination of the spot where the child fell,” said SC Dubey, station house officer, Indirapuram.
“The team was trying to find the traces of blood, which were allegedly wiped off by the school officials, as claimed by the boy’s parents in the FIR,” Dubey said.
“The forensic team has collected some evidence and we will use it in our investigation,” he said.
The officer said that parents of students who studied in the school had told them that their children had also slipped on the glossy floor.
“The floor surface is glossy, making it slippery. Parents told us that their children also slipped several times earlier. Further, the school has set up classrooms for younger children on the upper floors. The incident involving Arman took place on the second floor, just outside his classroom. We are also scanning CCTV footage but there is no footage of this incident as the corridor had no CCTV camera,” Dubey said.
The incident took place around 7.45am when Arman reached his classroom and took out his pencil box before moving to another room where he was supposed to appear for a weekly unit test.
“He fell while he was walking from his classroom to the other room. We immediately rushed him to a nearby hospital but he did not survive. The incident is unfortunate and we will fully cooperate with his parents and the police for an investigation. The floor had no water, as alleged, as there was no water source near the incident spot,” Dr Kavita Sharma, school principal, had told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
In his complaint, Gulshan Sehgal, Arman’s father, alleged that the school authorities had wiped the blood from the spot where his son had fallen.
Arman’s mother, Swati Sehgal, had also alleged on Tuesday that the spot where her son fell had water.
“The boy’s class teacher has given full details to his parents and also to the police about the incident. The boy was not in a hurry or rush to reach the examination room and was walking. He was late by 10-12 minutes, approximately,” Sharma had said.
“The corridor where he fell has no CCTV coverage,” Sharma had said.
Hindustan Times also approached the school officials for comment on Wednesday, but did not receive a response till late evening.