Ghaziabad student’s death: We were planning to fly him to Disneyland, says mother
Arman’s parents said they also wanted to buy him a Playstation on his birthday, September 16Updated: Aug 04, 2017, 23:15 IST
The Sehgal family was planning to for fly their son to Disneyland, but fate had something else in store for their 10-year-old son. Arman, a class 4 student at GD Goenka School in Indirapuram, died an ‘unexplained’ death inside his school after he allegedly fell down outside his second floor classroom on the morning of August 1. His parents have filed an FIR against the school authorities.
Arman’s parents wanted to grant him his wish of a visit to Disneyland. He adored the cartoon characters that dot the iconic amusement park and dreamed of a visit some day. Such was his love for Disney cartoons that he even got his parents to decorate his room with his favourite toon characters. They also got him a passport and had plans of flying him to Disneyland on his birthday, September 16. They had also planned to gift him a Playstation.
“They — Arman and his two-and-half-year-old brother Ahaan — were best friends too. They had all their favourite toys and photographs inside the room. He wanted us to buy him a Playstation. We told him to focus on his studies instead and told him we would gift it on his birthday. His wish to visit Disneyland and own a Playstation will forever remain unfulfilled. I am flooded with memories of him and it pains me to realise he is no more,” Swati Sehgal, Arman’s mother, said.
“I will still fly to Disneyland. Arman will always be in our thoughts. We will also buy a Playstation and keep it along with the other toys in his room. I will not let the dreams of my son die. I will also get him justice at any cost. The school authorities will not get away so easily,” Swati said.
The family shifted to Supertech Residency in Vaishali in June and Arman wanted a room for himself. His father Gulshan Sehgal said that it took them 10 days to design his room as he wanted.
“He was very excited to get a room for himself, which he later shared with Ahaan. He got the walls dotted with hot air balloons and different colours and also wanted bed sheets with colourful cartoon characters. He wanted to be a fighter pilot and also wanted to fly to space someday. We just asked him to study well and told him we will help him realise his dreams. He was very active, smart and also loved skiing and river rafting,” Gulshan said.
Struggling to come to terms with his death, the Sehgals often visit Arman’s room thinking he is studying or watching television. Apart from realising Arman’s dream, the family is also readying for a tough and long legal battle with the school authorities. The school has been shut till Sunday and their website is also not accessible.
The Sehgals filed an FIR against the school officials for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence.
The Ghaziabad police said that they are investigating the case and have not made any arrests as yet. Arman’s parents have also alleged negligence and laxity on the part of the school authorities.
“I will fight till the end. He was the first child in our family and was pampered by my in-laws and parents. I can still see him studying in his room and playing with his brother,” a tearful Swati said.