Ghaziabad student death: No arrest yet, Arman’s mother to protest outside school
The G D Goenka school officials on August 1 maintained that Arman “just fell” on the second floor corridor. For now, the school is also closed and their website shut.Updated: Aug 05, 2017, 22:06 IST
It has been nearly six days since class 4 student Arman Sehgal died in ‘unexplained’ circumstances at GD Goenka School in Indirapuram and police are yet to make any arrest in the case.
His grieving mother, Swati, also led a candlelight march on streets of Vaishali and Indirapuram on Friday and said she will sit on a protest outside the school from Tuesday.
In a long interaction with Ghaziabad senior superintendent of police on Friday, the Sehgals got an assurance that some headway will be made in the case by Monday. Sehgals have lodged an FIR for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence against school officials.
“We got an assurance from the SSP that arrests will be made by Monday. I will wait till Monday, failing which I will sit on an indefinite protest outside the school. I have lost my 10-year-old son and police are making no headway in the case. They say they are collecting evidence, but they are giving time to school officials to seek legal remedy and also tamper with evidence. We have already highlighted the evidence part in our FIR,” Swati said.
“The incident has shattered my family. The school and authorities are acting as if they have no responsibility towards students. Tomorrow, it could be another Arman in some school. I will not let that happen,” she said.
The school officials on August 1 maintained that Arman “just fell” on the second floor corridor while he was heading to another classroom to appear for his weekly unit test. For now, the school is also closed and their website shut.
On Saturday, the Sehgals got in touch with Amitabh Thakur, inspector general (Rules & Manuals), seeking his help in the case.
“We have assured the family of our full support. The incident is tragic. We have asked them to send the case documents to us. In case they don’t come to Lucknow, we can also meet them in Ghaziabad,” Thakur said.
A magisterial probe, ordered by the district magistrate, is under way but no one from the school appeared before additional district magistrate Rajesh Kumar Yadav, who is the inquiry officer.
“No one has come to record their statement as yet. We have also issued a public notice that anyone can come and record their statement in the case by August 11. On Tuesday, I will be going to the school for inspecting the spot where the incident took place. The inquiry will be directed to find out lapses, negligence and improper handling, if any, on the part of school authorities,” Yadav said.
Arman was declared “brought dead” at Shanti Gopal Hospital after he allegedly fell inside the school. His parents alleged that there was water on the floor and that made him slip. School principal Dr Kavita Sharma had denied there was any water in the corridor.
“We are still investigating the incident and trying to find out concrete evidence against the school officials before making an arrest. We also roped in a forensic team and the results will take time to come as samples have been sent to the forensic lab,” said Rakesh Kumar, circle officer, Indirapuram.