NEW DELHI: Facing flak for not taking any action in connection with the death of a child on the premises of a posh South Delhi school, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi on Thursday ordered the arrest of the school’s principal and others responsible for his death.
Bassi’s direction came after the parents of the six-year-old student, Divyansh Kakrora, decided to arrange a candle light march demanding justice for their son. The victim’s family alleged that no one from the school came to help the child when he fell into a water tank and that the school refrained from informing police and fire services.
“The principal and four other staff of South Delhi’s Ryan International school were arrested under Section 304 A (causing death by negligence) of Indian Penal Code,” said a senior police officer.
The principal Sandhya Sabu, 50, class teacher Minakshi Kapoor, 38, and drinking water system operator Yogesh Kholiya, 23, maintenance in-charge of the tank Puran Singh Bisht, 65, and gardener Ram Narayan, 44, were arrested. “They later got bail,” said the officer. On Saturday, the child fell into the water tank at around 12.30 pm and was trapped inside the tank till the workers reached there and fished him out. “The boy was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” said a police officer. The officer said that the hospital authorities informed police about the incident when the boy was admitted.
The school authorities did not inform the student’s family members or the police about the incident for almost two hours after the incident.