Poor children demand justice for class-fellow
Poor children studying in an evening school here protested on Saturday, demanding justice for their classmate, nine-year-old Bunty, who was killed after he fell in an open sewerage manhole on June 11.punjab Updated: Jun 22, 2013 19:07 IST
Poor children studying in an evening school here protested on Saturday, demanding justice for their classmate, nine-year-old Bunty, who was killed after he fell in an open sewerage manhole on June 11.
Demanding action against the sewerage department, students of the school, being run for labourers' children by Appu Society, held a rally here.
Three other children had also fallen into the manhole at Abha Colony but they were rescued.
But, no police case was registered; neither did the administration initiate action against the officials responsible for the lapse.
Society member Neeraj Kumar said, "Bunty's parents are too poor to demand justice. The administration knows it was the negligence of the sewerage department officials. Nobody has been held responsible just because Bunty was poor."
He said, "The boy used to work during day and study in the evening. He wanted to study and get himself out of poverty. But the negligence of the sewerage department not only killed Bunty but also dashed all hopes of his parents."
Kumar said, "Bunty was a bright student with 100% attendance. His death has shocked his classmates. Police have taken no action; besides, no compensation has been announced for the family."
First Published: Jun 22, 2013 19:07 IST