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Ghaziabad student death case: Aggrieved parents stage sit-in outside school

According to the postmortem report of Arman, the death was caused due to an internal head injury but his parents said there is no clarity on how the incident took place inside the secured school premises such as G D Goenka.

noida Updated: Aug 08, 2017 19:01 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
GD Goenka,School safety,Indirapuram
Arman's parents have started a sit-in outside GD Goenka School at Indirapuram from Tuesday alleging police laxity in investigating the case and demanding a CBI probe.(Sakib Ali/HT)

Grieving parents of deceased class 4 student, Arman Sehgal, staged a sit-in outside the main entrance of GD Goenka School in Indirapuram on Tuesday. Their 10-year-old son attended the school on August 1 and died after a fall at the school campus. He was declared “brought dead” within minutes of being rushed to Shanti Gopal Hospital.

According to the postmortem report of Arman, the death was caused due to an internal head injury but his parents said there is no clarity on how the incident took place inside the secured school premises. Arman’s parents have since lodged an FIR against the school authorities for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence. Apart from this, they have alleged police laxity in making arrests even a week after the incident.

“The school was to open on Tuesday but it is now shut indefinitely. Even parents have not come to drop their children to school. Who will send their children to such a school where a student died and there is no reply from school authorities at all? The school authorities are hiding ever since my son died. The police, on the other hand, are not ready to trace them and have been maintaining that they are investigating the case,” said Swai Sehgal, Arman’s mother.

Ghaziabad SSP HN Singh did not respond to Hindustan Times repeated calls. Apart from the FIR, the district administration has also initiated a magisterial inquiry into the incident but it has drawn naught as yet. Rajesh Kumar Yadav, additional district magistrate (finance & revenue), was entrusted with the inquiry and was to visit the school on Tuesday. However, he couldn’t as the school was shut.

“The school authorities must open the school and come forward for the inquiry. If they don’t open the school for the inquiry, it may go against them. We will speak to the police about the investigation and opening of the school. No one has come forward to give statements as yet,” Yadav said.

Aman’s parents said that they never demanded a magisterial probe but it was thrust upon them.

“The district magistrate had given us time to think about the type of inquiry we want. By evening, the magisterial inquiry was ordered even though we never asked for it. In fact, we are demanding a CBI inquiry in the case. Arman is no more. Now we are fighting for other students who could face a similar fate at some school or the other,” Swati added.

Earlier, Ghaziabad MP General (retired) VK Singh had also spoken to the Sehgals and assured them of help.

“We spoke to the family and later spoke to the district magistrate and the SSP . The DM told us that there is a magisterial inquiry on. Based on the inquiry, we may seek a CBI probe,” General Singh said.

School officials on August 1 told Hindustan Times that Arman “just fell” on the second floor corridor outside his class when he was going to the examination room. The entire school premises has CCTV coverage but the corridor where Arman fell had no CCTV camera installed. Arman’s parents have alleged that the surface had water on which Arman slipped and fell. They also alleged that the incident spot was cleaned by the school and police were giving enough time to the school officials to seek a legal remedy and destroy evidence.

“He just fell on the floor while walking from his class 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 also with police to take up any investigation. The floor had no water, as alleged, as there was no water source nearby,” school principal, Dr Kavita Sharma, had said.

First Published: Aug 08, 2017 19:01 IST