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School principal arrested in Noida wall collapse incident

School principal arrested in Noida wall collapse incident

Noida: Following the wall collapse incident at KM Public School in Salarpur village of Noida in which two children were killed while three children were left with serious injuries, the Gautam Buddh Nagar police on Tuesday arrested the principal of school in connection with the matter.

The principal was one among the five persons who were named in the FIR lodged by police.

According to police, the arrested school principal has been identified as Sanjeev Jha.

The principal has been booked under IPC section 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal code and under the section of Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) act,

2000.

"Acting on a tip-off, a police team conducted raid and arrested the accused from the gate of Arogya Dham Maharishi Ashram in Sector 107. He was produced before the court and has been sent to jail on Tuesday. Search operations are underway to nab other accused in the case," said Girija Shankar Tripathi, Station House Officer, sector 49 police station.

The wall collapse incident took place at around 9 am on Monday morning when the students were sitting in open for their exam. A wall of around 15-20 feet in height allegedly collapsed and five children were trapped in the debris.

Two children aged 10 years and 7 year were killed while three other students sustained critical injuries in the incident. All the children were students of class first and second.

Police officials said that the wall collapsed due to an impact with a JCB machine working at an adjacent plot.

Following the incident, police registered an FIR against six persons including Amit Bhati (owner of the school), Sanjeev Jha (school principal), Raghvender Solanki (school organizer), Sumit Bhati and Deshraj Bhati.

Police also seized the JCB machine while the FIR also included the driver of JCB machine who is absconding after the incident.

The school where the incident took place was allegedly running without getting any affiliation from the district education department.

Rahul Singh

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