Ghaziabad student death: Arman’s parents, panel members meet DM, SSP

Members of various political parties, associations and other eminent citizens from Ghaziabad formed a committee under the banner of ‘Justice for Arman’.

noida Updated: Aug 14, 2017 21:51 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Ghaziabad student death,Arman Sehgal,GD Goenka School
A 51 member committee of local leaders and parents was formed.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The parents of Arman Sehgal, a class 4 student of G D Goenka school who died after a fall inside the school premises, accompanied by a 51-member committee of local leaders, held meetings with senior superintendent of police and Ghaziabad district magistrate on Monday.

Members of various political parties, associations and other eminent citizens from Ghaziabad formed a committee under the banner of ‘Justice for Arman’.

Arman died after a fall at GD Goenka School on August 1. His parents had lodged an FIR against the school officials under IPC sections for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence.

“We told the SSP that the police have been giving time to the school authorities so that they can take for legal remedy. We have no faith left in the investigation process. However, the SSP has sought four more days before revealing the details of the investigation. Whatever happens, I will fight till the end and get justice for my son,” said Swati Sehgal, Arman’s mother.

“It is strange that we know nothing about the case investigation despite us being the complainants. From their (police’s) attitude since Day One, it seems that the police will close the case. We will resort to legal recourse against the laxity in investigation,” she said.

The delegations also met DM Ministhy S and sought help. The DM explained them the process of the magisterial inquiry.

“The DM told them to get their statements recorded before the inquiry officer. The school officials came to record their statements on Monday. The aggrieved parents should also come forward and they told us that they will come soon,” said Rajesh Yadav, additional district magistrate (ADM), the inquiry officer.

“I will also be conducting an inspection at the school and will inspect the site of the incident on August 18. Parents will also accompany me. The date for magisterial inquiry is also extended and will be completed soon,” he said.

However, the school is shut since August 3 and the school management recently said it will reopen on August 16.

“We told the officials that the investigation is not being done properly and no arrests were made. It is a case of lax investigation. They could have forced the school authorities to open the school premises to conduct an on-site inspection by the inquiry officer,” said Satpal Chaudhary, a member of the committee.

In its interim direction on a petition filed by school principal Dr Kavita Sharma and four others, the Allahabad high court gave a temporary relief to the school and directed that coercive action be kept in abeyance till August 28. In the meantime, the police will also submit its report before the court.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 21:51 IST