UP minister inspects school premises with parents, vows support
Garg was accompanied by Arman’s parents and a delegation of BJP leaders. Nearly 200 other members of different parents’ associations visited the school to show solidarity with the Sehgal family.Updated: Aug 03, 2017, 23:10 IST
Uttar Pradesh minister Atul Garg on Thursday inspected GD Goenka School in Indirapuram where a 10-year-old boy, Arman Sehgal, died after a fall on Tuesday.
Garg was accompanied by Arman’s parents and a delegation of BJP leaders. Nearly 200 other members of different parents’ associations visited the school to show solidarity with the Sehgal family.
Garg said he and his party workers would stand behind the parents and recommend strict punishment if any negligence comes out during enquiry.
“The parents are grieving and pained. They had come to us in the morning and we assured all help. They said they were not allowed entry to the school and wanted to check for themselves the site of the incident. We rang up our party leaders who arrived for an inspection of the school premises,” Garg added.
The minister said he found the floor of the school premises glossy and slippery. He said the classes of the junior sections were held on the upper floors. Garg is a legislator from the Ghaziabad assembly constituency.
“The parents and their family were there at the school for more than 45 minutes. They went to the spot and were trying to clear their apprehensions. On Friday, we will demand a judicial probe into the incident. I also felt it strange, how did the boy fall and how did he die? We asked the police to rope in forensic teams and expedite the probe in a transparent manner,” Garg added.
On August 1, Arman had gone to attend the school for his weekly unit test in English. According to principal Dr Kavita Sharma, the boy went to his class where he kept his bag and fell down when he was moving to another room where his examination was scheduled.
He was rushed to Shanti Gopal Hospital where he was declared “brought dead.” The incident allegedly took place on the second floor, just outside Arman’s class ‘IV D.’
The corridor where he fell had no CCTV coverage. The parents alleged negligence on part of the school authorities and lodged an FIR at the Indirapuram police station.
“He (Arman) just fell on the floor while he was walking from his class to the other room. We immediately rushed him to nearby hospital but he could not survive. The incident is unfortunate and we will fully cooperate with his parents and with police to take up any investigation. The floor had no presence of water, as alleged, as there was no nearby water source at the incident spot,” the principal told HT.