Two children killed as wall of private school collapses
Noida: In a tragic incident, two children were killed while three were critically injured after the wall of a private school collapsed in Salarpur village in Noida on Monday morning. Police officials said that the school was allegedly running without any affiliation from district education department.
The incident happened around 9 am at KM Public School. The students were appearing in the exam when a wall of around 20 feet height collapsed and the students were trapped under the debris.
According to police, the deceased were identified as Bhupendra (8), a student of class second and Vivek (7), a student of class one. Among the injured are Amit (7), Akash (10) and Naitik (8).
"As the information was conveyed, police along with NDRF teams rushed to the spot. The rescue operation was conducted and five children were rescued who were admitted to a nearby hospital. Two children were declared dead by the doctors while three are still getting treatment at the hospital," said Ajay Pal Sharma, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar.
Police officials said that an FIR has been registered in the case, however no arrest has been made so far.
Based on the complaint filed by the administration, a case under 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 has been registered against Amit Bhati (owner of school), Sanjeev Shah (School principle), Raghvender Solanki (School organizer), Sumit Bhati and Deshraj Bhati. Locals said that the school was being allegedly run from class nursery to class eight and without any affiliation from the education department. The wall collapsed as some filling work was being carried out at an adjacent plot by JCB machines.
Following the incident, the parents of deceased children staged a protest by placing the dead bodies on Noida Dadri main road. Later when senior police officials assured them of quick and fair probe into the matter, they went off.
As the news spread, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, took cognisance of the matter and directed Gautam Budha Nagar district magistrate to oversee rescue and relief operations. He further directed the magistrate to present a report on the matter to him.
The Gautam Budh Nagar administration has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the family members of the deceased.