Coimbatore disaster drill: Trainer arrested

The CCTV footage of the incident showed that the girl, who was sitting on a higher floor, was pushed by a man, after which she hit the sunshade on the first floor and sustained fatal injuries.

Published: 13th July 2018 01:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th November 2018 01:09 PM   |  A+A-


A screengrab from the video shows the disaster management trainer pushing Logeshwari from the second floor of the Coimbatore college.


COIMBATORE: Coimbatore Rural Police have arrested a trainer of the National Disaster Management training in connection with the death of second-year BBA student at Kovai Kalaimagal College of Arts and Science.

The deceased, identified as Lokeshwari, died after falling from the third floor of her college building on Thursday.

The CCTV footage of the incident showed that the girl, who was sitting on a higher floor, was pushed by a man, after which she hit the sunshade on the first floor and sustained fatal injuries.

The deceased student was immediately rushed to AMP Hospital, Thondamuthur for first aid and later referred to CMCH, Coimbatore. However, she was declared dead upon arrival.

READ| Coimbatore girl dies after being forced to jump from second floor during mock disaster drill at college

According to the FIR lodged, "...inside the college campus as a part of Disaster Management class about 20 students were given training to jump down through an emergency exit window from the 2nd-floor classroom. (It is a College main building consists of 3 floors) For safety measures, they have tied a net below to avoid any unexpected incidents. At that time the above student (deceased) was jumping down. Unfortunately, deceased girl dashed in the 1st-floor Sunshade and sustained injuries on the backside head and right neck."

At the time of the incident, Lokeshwari was participating in the training program organised in college on how to survive a natural disaster.

A case has been registered against the accused under the relevant Sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC). 

Logeswari's parents blamed the college management for not properly monitoring the drill and held it responsible for the tragedy.

Talking to reporters, her father Nalla Gounder, a farmer from Nathegounden Pudur, said his daughter was pushed down by the trainer, despite her reluctance to jump. He alleged that Arumugam did not have a proper trainer certificate.

Logeswari's mother Sivakami blamed the college and held it solely responsible for the tragedy. Students also claimed Logeswari was unwilling to jump.

(With inputs from PTI)


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  • Rajat

    Use of a dummy was the best he could do to give hands on training instead of using a real person. What a fool.
    2 years ago reply
  • kittu

    throw that trainer from top floor to a concrete ground
    2 years ago reply
  • Salah

    Training of any kind is expected to gain confidence of trainees by leading them not pushing them. Obviously the lessons learned have lead to the discovery of a ill devised training! The right way was to demonstrate to the trainees by the trainer falling / jumping to the ground and how he could save his life. That way the trainees would be motivated to follow and gain confidence on how to manage a disaster when opportunity shows up. So in this case, the culprit is not just the paid trainer but the entire training developer team to whichever organization it belongs.
    2 years ago reply
  • R

    Arrest the school management
    2 years ago reply
  • Rampada Rana

    In this kind of situation where safety of life is important, the trainer should be properly trained realistically. The picture seemed showing that the girl has been pushed while the trainer was quite behind the girl. How come it is allowed? when the body falls freely the head will be towards the initial position because of inertia leading to hitting of sunshade. I believe some common sense and presence of mind could have prevailed.
    2 years ago reply
  • safi

    This is our training, even army people don't die in training, what non-sense is going on
    2 years ago reply
  • Bhasi Vasavan

    School management is responsible.
    2 years ago reply
  • Rajeev

    Can the Government please ban such ridiculous and risky training programmes at schools
    2 years ago reply
  • Kalyanaraman

    When the girl was unwilling to jump. And it seems she was afraid to jump just sitting on the sunshade thinking then why that trainer pushed her. Unfortunately grown girl studying second year BBA lost her life. It is very very difficult to console girls mother and father. Why untrained people are appointed with false certificate. The Management of the college is responsible for the unfortunate incident. Compensation cannot bring back the precious grownup girls life. We public ourselves feels very much after seeing this incident.
    2 years ago reply
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