Ghaziabad student death: ‘Justice for Arman’ cry rents the air
Aggrieved parents, residents and political leaders take out candlelight march demanding action against the school where the boy died after a fallUpdated: Aug 04, 2017, 22:49 IST
Led by Arman’s mother Swati, hundreds of residents from Vaishali, Indirapuram and other areas took out a candlelight march from his Sector 5 residence to GD Goenka School in Indirpauram, the school where he allegedly fell and died under ‘unexplained’ circumstance on the morning of August 1.
His parents have already lodged an FIR against the school authorities, but there has been no action by the police as yet.
Braving heavy rain that lashed Ghaziabad city on Friday evening, residents turned up in large numbers in a bid to rally support for their cause, ‘Justice for Arman’. The incident has now spawned a legal battle between the school authorities and the aggrieved parents.
“His death has made me stronger than ever. I feel more strength since he left us and I will not let the school authorities go unpunished. They will have to take the responsibility of the death inside the school premises. They are roaming openly and police have not made effort to arrest them . I am not satisfied with the investigation so far and demand a CBI probe into the case,” Swati Sehgal, Arman’s mother, said.
“Arman’s brother will be ready to go to school next year. However, I am wary of sending him to school now. I will consider sending him to a government school and not some show-off school,” Swati said.
The candle march was organised on the day of ‘Chautha,’ four days after Arman’s death. His parents have filed an FIR against the school authorities for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence.
“After getting a call about Arman, we rushed to the hospital and found that his ECG report showed no signs of life. This clearly suggests that he died in the school itself. Back in April, Arman told me that he often finds it difficult to climb to the second floor of a classroom with a heavy bag on his shoulder. I visited the school and told officials to shift his class elsewhere. But they did not listen,” Swati added.
The candlelight march was attended by nearly a thousand residents supporting the case. They featured members of parents’ associations, political leaders and residents who wished to express solidarity with the Sehgals.
“It is a matter which should concern every parent. Justice for Arman has to be ensured at any cost. Schools where such incidents take place cannot shy away from their responsibilities. They charge exorbitant fees and don’t allow any delay in payment,” Seema Tyagi, a protester, said.
“The schools have become a money minting machine and they have no emotions left. Justice for Arman will mean a lot for parents who send their children to school in the hope that they will be safe. The police and administration has to act now,” Sachin Soni, a member of all school parents’ association, said.
On Friday morning, the Sehgals also met HN Singh, senior superintendent of police and demanded immediate arrest of the school officials. They voiced anger over the alleged police laxity in probing the case. The SSP assured them of a fair probe and action by Monday.
“SSP has assured action by Monday. But I am still not hopeful. I request CM Yogi Adityanath to intervene in the matter and ensure justice for our son. The police are still collecting evidence, which was destroyed soon after the incident,” Gulshan Sehgal, Arman’s father, said.
The corridor where Arman allegedly fell had no CCTV coverage. His parents alleged that the school’s housekeeping staff did not mop the corridor properly and left some water on it that led to the fall.
“He (Arman) just fell over the floor while he was walking 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. The floor had no water as alleged, as there was no nearby source of water near the spot where the incident took place,” Dr Kavita Sharma, the school’s principal, said.