Panicked students fell off the terrace of the building of a government-aided intermediate college after a troop of monkeys attacked several classes in progress in Moradabad’s Chandra Nagar area Thursday morning. A total of 31 students, aged between 12 and 16 years, suffered either fractures, head injuries or required minor treatment following the collapse of the boundary wall which couldn’t sustain their pressure in the ensuing chaos.
Seven of the students with fractures and head injuries are undergoing treatment at a private multi-specialty hospital in the city while seven others are receiving treatment at the district hospital. The remaining students were discharged after administering primary medical aid, said Chief Medical Superintendent of district hospital, Dr Ameer Singh.
The incident was reported from the government-aided Ramchandra Inter College, officials confirmed.
Moradabad Range DIG Onkar Singh who visited the spot said the students of Classes IX to XII had gone to the terrace to attend their class due to the cold weather this morning.
“Suddenly, around 15 to 20 monkeys jumped at the terrace. Panic-stricken students started running helter-skelter and together rushed towards a retaining wall which collapsed from the pressure. Students fell and sustained injuries. All were immediately rushed to the hospital,” the DIG said.
Dr Ameer Singh told The Indian Express that 31 students were brought to the hospital.
Of the seven with grievous injuries, Dr Singh said, one student lost sensitivity in both his legs after suffering injury in his backbone, another dislocated his hipbone while yet another suffered injuries to the head. Four other students fractured their hands.
Dr Singh further informed that 24 students suffered cuts and bruises, 14 of whom were discharged by the evening. He confirmed that no student had any injury from the monkey bite.
Moradabad’s District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) I P S Solanki said 23 students sustained minor injuries in the incident. “The four-inch-wide wall could not bear the load and collapsed. Three students passing by under the terrace sustained injuries of cuts as bricks of broken wall fell on them. Other students sustained only bruises,” the DIOS claimed. He, incidentally, claimed that none of the students fell to the ground, while also asserted that the building is not old. He, however, said a report on the entire incident has been sought from the management committee of the school.